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A 33-year-old member asked:

my 4th toe is smaller than my last toe. can i get it elongated?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
It may not be...: Just the toe, but the whole metatarsal (or ray) complex. Yes, there is a procedure to lengthen this. Talk to a qualified podiatrist to discuss risks and options.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Yes.: You may need to have the fourth metatarsal lengthened.

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