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Toe Shortening

Is your long toe painful and becoming problematic when wearing closed in shoes? We may be able to help.

Toe Shortening

A long second toe, also known as Morton’s toe, is relatively common and often does not cause any functional problems. However, in some people, it may cause calluses on the bottom of the foot or the top of toe joints and may also result in hammertoes. People with excessively long second toes also experience difficulty finding footwear to fit comfortably and aesthetic appearance.



Hereditary: is the most common cause of a long second toe. The second toe itself may be long or the big toe may be relatively short compared to the second toe.

Bunion: Deviation of the first metatarsal due to bunion will make the second toe long.


Non Surgical Treatment

  • Supportive footwear
  • A regular visit to your podiatrists
  • Orthotics
  • Toe protectors

Surgical Treatment

There are several surgical techniques available to shorten the long second toe.

  • Arthrodesis (Proximal Interphalangeal Joint): The most commonly performed surgical technique involves removing part of the bone in the smaller joint of the toes to realign and shorten the toe.
  • Metatarsal shortening: if the second metatarsal bone is relatively longer than the adjacent metatarsal.
  • Arthroplasty: It is not commonly performed in younger patients. It involves removing a small portion of the bone in the toe joint.

Before & After Photos

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Before & After Photos

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When to consider surgery?

Surgery is considered in patients who have not responded well to non-surgical treatments.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Podiatric Surgeon Dr Kim is the leading surgeon for Foot Surgery in Brisbane and Gold Coast, contact him today for a consultation.

No referral needed

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A GP referral is welcome however it is not essential for your appointment


Dr Ji Soo Kim (Specialist Podiatric Surgeon) BPodM, DClinPod, FFPM RCPS(Glasg)

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Dr Kim has two offices, one located in Kelvin Grove, Brisbane. The other is in Southport, Gold Coast.

Please call 1300 522 096

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