Just in case you thought you’ve seen everything, ladies and gentleman, let me introduce you to the toe shortening technique. Frankly, I had no idea about this, and it turns out that it is actually pretty common.
I, for one, don’t like to look at anyone’s feet, not even my own. Admit it, they are a strange part of the body, like having larger hands with small fingers that instead of grabbing stuff, they take you places and smell. And I know that a lot of people don’t like their feet, specifically the length of their toes. Even more specifically, the length of their second toe. If you’d ask my grandma, having a bigger ‘index’ toe means good luck, but a lot of people don’t see it that way.
Some people would even trade their chance at good luck to ensure that their bigger index toes slope from big to small.
In fact, people are actually opting for toe shortening surgery because the toes are getting damaged due to their added length. In this case, surgery seems to be the only option, aside from adding padding. As it turns out, long toes can make the toes buckle, which over time becomes permanent and even adds pressure on the tip of the toe and on the knuckle.
However, the surgery sounds simple enough, however gruesome it may seem. Performed under a local anesthetic, the long toe is cut open and a section of the bone is removed, thus, making the toe shorter.
The bone is them remodeled into shape and held in place with a wire or an implant. Usually, most patients have just three stitches to close the toe back up and scrunch the excess skin around the newly shortened toe.