My problem involves my second (index)toes on both feet. They point at approximately a 45 degree angle toward the third toes. They don't hurt and don't seem to cause any real problems but I hate the way they look. I love to go barefooted, or at least without shoes, but am highly self-conscious about doing so due to my toes. I am finally to the point that I am seeking medical advice. Is there a way to correct this without resorting to surgery or is that the only cure? I have never seen anyone else with this condition. Please help me!!
Hi, Assuming this is a rigid deformity (you cannot bend the toes straight and keep them that way), then more than likely you will require surgery to correct them. It is not major surgery but the one piece of advice I can give you is make sure your expectations are the same as your surgeon. More than likely it will require a bone fusion which means that even though toe will be straight it may not bend. Additionally, second toes have a high incidence of swelling postoperatively and can stay that way, so just make sure you know what you are getting yourself into before you consent to surgery. Marc Mitnick DPM