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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen What’s the Big Deal with Having One Shorter Toe? | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

What’s the Big Deal with Having One Shorter Toe?

Brachymetatarsia is the medical term for having one toe that is shorter than the others. This condition can affect any of your toes but it happens most commonly to the fourth toe. The toe may be so short that it appears to be raised up over the adjacent toes. Brachymetatarsia usually affects both feet. In some cases more than one toe on the foot may be abnormally short.


There are 2 causes of Brachymetatarsia. One is genetics; some people are born with this bone defect. The other is situational, meaning that something happened that closed the growth plate prematurely or the bone failed to fully develop. A trauma to the toe is the most common cause of non-genetic Brachymetatarsia.

Diagnosis and Treatment

At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care, an examination by one of our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo will result in a prompt diagnosis. Brachymetatrsia is easily confirmed by an x-ray, which can be done right in our Aberdeen office. 

For some people, Brachymetatarsia is purely a cosmetic issue. It may not cause any pain or discomfort. For other people, however, the shortened toe may not properly make contact with the ground. This can result in an uneven distribution of body weight causing pain and soreness, as well as awkwardness participating in certain sports and activities. It can also cause trouble with balance and range of motion. Over time, the contour of the ball of the foot can change, which will make shoe selection challenging.

Padding or orthotic devices may help protect the shorter toe from extra pressure and friction. These same devices may also help with distributing weight. Choosing shoes that will not aggravate the condition is also important. In more extreme cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the deformity.

If you have Brachymetatarsia, contact our office to set up an evaluation to determine the proper treatment plan for you.

Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing What’s the Big Deal with Having One Shorter Toe?, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen