Brachymetatarsia Specialist

Professional Podiatry Services of New York

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

If you avoid wearing sandals or going barefoot due to brachymetatarsia, the expert foot and ankle surgeons at Professional Podiatry Services of New York can help. They offer toe-lengthening surgery to treat brachymetatarsia at their Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, location. To learn more about nonsurgical and surgical brachymetatarsia treatments, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Brachymetatarsia Q & A

What is brachymetatarsia?

Brachymetatarsia is a growth disturbance in one of the bones of your foot (metatarsal), causing one toe to be significantly shorter than the others. This condition can affect any toe, but it’s most common in the fourth metatarsal. This causes the fourth toe to appear shorter than the pinky toe, even though the toe itself is a normal size.

What are the symptoms of brachymetatarsia?

Brachymetatarsia is often painful and can be embarrassing. The short toe may affect the weight distribution of your foot and lead to corns and calluses. The toe may also appear raised above the others, causing irritation while wearing shoes. 

What causes brachymetatarsia?

Most of the time, brachymetatarsia is hereditary. However, trauma may play a role, especially if there was a growth plate injury. People with genetic conditions like Down syndrome or parathyroid hormone imbalances may develop brachymetatarsia. Women are about 25 times more likely to have brachymetatarsia than men. 

When should I seek treatment for brachymetatarsia?

If you experience foot pain, difficulty finding shoes that fit, or embarrassment due to brachymetatarsia, the team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York has a solution just for you. They carefully evaluate your foot and develop a personalized brachymetatarsia treatment plan. 

What treatments are available for brachymetatarsia?

The team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York uses conservative treatments whenever possible. Nonsurgical treatments for brachymetatarsia include:

  • Wearing a supportive shoe or custom orthotics
  • Decreasing or modifying physical activities
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications
  • Padding or splinting the toe


They also perform surgical toe-lengthening procedures to treat brachymetatarsia. You may be a candidate for toe-lengthening surgery if you continue to experience pain or symptoms of brachymetatarsia despite nonsurgical treatments. 

Depending on your needs, surgery may include a bone graft, an external fixator, or a combination of both. After surgery, your foot may be in a cast for 2-3 months, to keep it immobilized. When your bone heals properly, your provider starts you on a physical therapy and rehabilitation plan. 

To learn more about your options for brachymetatarsia treatment, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or book an appointment online today.