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March 31, 2024

What is a Long Toe?

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One of the most common genetic toe problems is the long toe. The long second toe is the most common and inspires the most patient complaints surrounding toenail pain and top-of-the-toe pain.

The top of the long toe can hit the inside of the front and top of the shoe, and cause painful friction.

Patients with Morton's toe issues may also suffer from hammertoe condition, where the middle toes are bent upward, and can form uncomfortable corns or calluses.

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How We Treat a Long-Toe Condition

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Depending on the patient’s lifestyle, age, and severity of the issue, conservative treatment or surgical treatment may be recommended to help alleviate ball of the foot pain involved with a long toe.

Surgical toe shortening can ease pain and discomfort, and enhance symmetry and balance, while also improving the fit of shoes and the overall cosmetic appearance of the morton's foot syndrome.

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Conservative Long-Toe Treatment Options

If the pain and discomfort aren’t too severe, lifestyle changes may be the best option for treating a long-toe condition. Here are some possible conservative treatments:

Wear Different Shoes

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To alleviate pain around the second toe is longer, we recommend wearing larger, more comfortable shoes. Shoes should have extra space in the front area (known as the claw toe box) and be made with softer, less abrasive materials to minimize friction on the affected toe.

Treat Corns and Calluses

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Find temporary relief from corns and calluses through professional sharp debridement (shaving) or consistent at-home filing. Over-the-counter corn removal products are available but should be used with extreme caution. These medicated pads can be placed directly over the impacted area to relieve the pressure and cause the corn or callus to eventually fall off on its own.

Surgical Treatment for a Long-Toe Condition

Long toe surgery takes place in an outpatient surgery center or a clinic, with the patients under sedation and local anesthesia. The procedure, as with royal toe shortening and hammertoe correction, may or may not require an internal pin, and the incision is minimal (½ centimeter to 1 ½ centimeter).

Occasionally, an additional procedure may be necessary, but the time in the operating room is typically 20 minutes per toe.

If indicated, the skin lesion or corn can also be removed during the procedure. If not, it will naturally fall metatarsal bone off three to four weeks after the surgery.

Sutures are placed under the skin and steri-strips (surgical tape) are removed after two weeks of the second metatarsal. Patients can bear weight in a post-operative shoe or open-toe sandal after 48 to 72 hours of rest and elevation.

Sports, exercise, and wearing different types of shoes can be worn as soon as three weeks after the surgery, depending on patient preference, swelling, and incision sensitivity.

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Insurance Coverage for Long-Toe Surgery

At Modern Foot and Ankle, we understand that dealing with insurance coverage can often feel like navigating a labyrinth. Our mission is to simplify this process for you, providing clear and concise information regarding your insurance benefits.

Our dedicated team is here to assist you in understanding the specifics of your insurance coverage, including which services are covered, the extent of your co-pay obligations, and any services that may not be included under your plan. We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge, enabling them to make informed decisions about their healthcare choices.

By offering this support, we aim to alleviate some of the stress associated with financial planning for your treatment, allowing you to focus on what truly matters - your health and recovery.

Why Choose Us

Choosing the right healthcare provider is a pivotal step toward achieving optimal health outcomes. At Modern Foot and Ankle, we don't just see ourselves as your healthcare provider but as your partner in the journey towards better foot health. Here's why we stand out:

State-of-the-Art Technology

We pride ourselves on incorporating the latest technological advancements in the field of podiatry. From diagnostic tools to treatment methods, our clinic is equipped with cutting-edge technology to ensure precise diagnoses and effective treatments.

This commitment to innovation means our patients benefit from less invasive procedures, quicker recovery times, and better overall outcomes.

Expert Team of Specialists

Our team comprises highly trained and experienced specialists who have dedicated their careers to the study and treatment of foot and ankle conditions.

With a deep understanding of the complexities of the foot and ankle, our experts bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to each case, ensuring personalized and effective treatment plans for our patients.

Comprehensive Care Approach

We believe in treating the person, not just the condition. Our comprehensive care approach means we look at all aspects of your health and lifestyle when developing a treatment plan.

This holistic perspective ensures we address the root causes of your condition, leading to more sustainable health improvements.

Patient Education and Support

Empowering our patients with knowledge about their conditions and treatment options is a cornerstone of our practice.

We provide extensive education and resources to help you understand your condition, the treatment process, and how to maintain your foot health post-treatment. Our supportive staff is always available to answer your questions and provide the guidance you need.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Understanding that every patient's condition is unique, we customize our treatment plans to suit individual needs and goals. Whether you're dealing with a long toe condition, require toe-shortening surgery, or face another foot ailment, we tailor our approach to offer the most effective and appropriate treatment for you.

Commitment to Patient Satisfaction

Your satisfaction and comfort are paramount to us. From the moment you enter our clinic, our friendly staff strives to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment. We are committed to ensuring that your experience with us is positive, from consultation through to recovery.

In Summary

  1. Long toe and toe-shortening surgery offers significant relief for those suffering from discomfort and pain due to elongated toes. With options ranging from conservative treatments to surgical interventions, it's essential to consider all aspects, including toe-shortening surgery cost of toe bones, second and third toe, risks, and potential benefits.
  2. Modern Foot and Ankle is dedicated to guiding you through this process, ensuring that you make an informed decision that aligns with your health goals and lifestyle.
  3. Whether it's addressing big toe shortening surgery concerns or evaluating if toe shortening surgery is worth it, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

The information on our website is intended for general informational and educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. For any health-related concerns, we strongly recommend consulting with a healthcare professional. Please note that any reliance on the information found on our site is solely at your own risk. For more details, please see our Medical Disclaimer.


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How much does toe shortening surgery cost?

A low $500 deductible with coverage for the procedures may be the only deductible cost for mallet toe shortening surgery. A high deductible with partial coverage after can become quite expensive. Cash pricing includes hospital costs ($1500 to $10,000), anesthesia costs ($500 to $1500), equipment costs ($500 to $15,000), and surgeon costs ($750 to $1500).

How long does it take to recover from toe shortening surgery?

Recovery from toe shortening surgery is approximately 2 to 3 weeks — the time it takes for the incision to fully heal. Multiple toe surgeries add to the recovery time, but activity and shoe restrictions can extend the total healing time as well.

What is Cinderella foot surgery?

The “Cinderella” foot surgery definition involves slimming the foot width and/or length. Toe shortening surgery does not involve the width of the foot shape and usually only shortens 1 or 2 toes.

Is toe surgery painful?

Toe surgery is very rarely painful. Since the incision and surgery performed inside of the toe are both minimal, the pain is minimal as well — usually controlled with anti-inflammatory medication.

Do they put you to sleep for toe surgery?

Putting patients to sleep for toe surgery depends on the patient, surgical venue, and if certain equipment is necessary.

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Dr. Adam Siegel

His advanced training and diverse technology background equip him to provide top-tier care across a broad range of foot and ankle conditions.

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Dr. Michael Zuri

Renowned for treating sports injuries and heel pain, with a focus on diabetic foot care. His patient-centered approach ensures a positive care experience.

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Dr. Roma Patel

Her approach is rooted in compassion and personalized attention for each patient, embracing an individualized treatment plan for a broad range of foot and ankle conditions.

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Dr. Steven Baker

Esteemed podiatrist with decades of experience, transitioning from surgery to non-surgical therapies. Known for his caring and friendly approach.

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Dr. Jacob Huffman

Expert in sports medicine and minimally-invasive surgeries, with a distinct honor in clinical excellence. His knowledge-driven ideology ensures optimal patient outcomes.

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Dr. Kyle Haverstrom

Highly skilled in minimally-invasive procedures, trauma, and sports medicine. Known for his strong surgical skills and talent for diabetic limb salvage.

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Dr. Sagar Shah

Expert in sports injuries, pediatric care, and wound therapy. Committed to advancing clinical expertise through understanding patient lifestyles and health.

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Dr. Ryan Haaksma

Advanced training in minimally-invasive procedures and sports medicine. His dedication ensures new techniques in surgical intervention.

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Dr. Tamara Nemeroff

Skilled in sports medicine, diabetic limb salvage, and reconstructive surgery. Now accepting Patients at our Jupiter Location.

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Dr. Patrick Derby

Skilled in reconstructive surgery and wound care, with a focus on diabetic limb salvage. His principle: making a uniquely positive impact on each patient.

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Dr. Todd Talbert

Specializes in sports medicine, trauma, and reconstructive surgery. Known for compassionate care and training surgical residents in reconstructive surgery.

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Dr. Dean Sorrento

Excels in advanced nerve decompression and sports medicine. His teaching background enhances patient understanding and care.

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Dr. Vanisaben Patel

Expertise in reconstructive surgery, sports medicine, and diabetic wound care. Her patient-centric, collaborative approach ensures optimal outcomes.

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Dr. Jalpen Patel

Dr. Patel's specialized training and patient-centered approach uniquely position him to offer exceptional care across a wide spectrum of foot and ankle conditions.

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Dr. Kristina Sikar

Skilled in cosmetic foot and ankle surgery, wound care, and sports medicine, Dr. Sikar's patient-focused, holistic treatment plans are designed for optimal health outcomes.

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Dr. Trevor Baddaloo

Dr. Baddaloo is renowned for his holistic and patient-focused care, skilled in sports medicine, podiatric surgery, and ensuring optimal health outcomes.

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Dr. Donald Adamov

Skilled in minimally-invasive bunion correction and advanced wound care, he provides individualized treatment for all conditions to achieve the best outcome.

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Dr. Melissa Prutch

Comprehensive expertise in podiatric surgery and wound care. Dedicated to a patient-first, holistic approach for superior health results.

Dr. Moore, a Spring, Texas-based board-certified Podiatrist, known for comprehensive care in all foot and ankle conditions with a focus on advanced surgical methods.

Dr. Robert J. Moore III

Wide-ranging expertise in foot and ankle care, with a focus on surgery and wound management. Committed to patient-centered, holistic care.

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