Toe shortening


The “Greek foot” is characterised by having a second toe longer than the rest.

In the West, especially in the Mediterranean countries, it is not difficult to find patients with this type of foot. Women who have this phenotype often experience pain due to shoe friction. 

For these patients, wearing high heeled shoes is almost impossible due to the pressure of the second toe against the tip of the shoe. As time passes, the toe will start to flex, causing a contracture. The second toe will develop a deformity known as “hammer toe”.

Patients with this type of foot usually request the second toe to be shortened as they experience pain due to friction with the shoe.

Surgery duration

15 minutes


It is not required










In just 15 minutes, under local anaesthesia, the correction will be made through 2 1mm access holes by working directly on the bone structure. By using 2mm motorised drills, the cartilage of the proximal interphalangeal joint will be removed and with it, the length of bone that you want to shorten.

Then, a special internal device will maintain correction and interosseous compression to allow better healing. During this process, patients will be able to continue their normal life.

If necessary, the treatment will be completed with a skin plasty to tighten the skin which will have dropped due to inflexion.

To offer the best result, we have a completely new surgical technique that links the open surgery technique with the new ideas of percutaneous surgery.


The treatment for shortening toes eliminates the pain caused by the protruding toe rubbing against footwear, restoring the balance between the toes, leaving no signs or scars.


In a first assessment visit and after a careful compilation of clinical data, a thorough examination of the foot and diagnostic tests, we can make a definitive diagnosis to be able to approach each case with the best guarantees.


After the treatment, the patient will be able to walk as normal immediately, with the help of orthopaedic footwear for two weeks or with sandals with a hard and flat footbed, which can be replaced by normal footwear after two weeks.


In principle, there is no type of limitation in this treatment type. Toe shortening is done to the necessary level to restore balance and functionality to the foot, and thus avoid pain.

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