Subjective: Short distance from the end of the toe to the most distal interphalangeal crease or DIPJ flexion pointComments:
This term differs from Partial absence of the toe because in that term the phalanx must be missing, whereas here it may be small, but present. Relative shortening of the distal phalanges of the toes can be harder to assess than in the fingers, as they are normally quite short. Distal phalangeal lengths can be assessed subjectively by comparing that digit segment to the rest of the digit, to other normal digits in that patient, or to typical patients of that age or build. Although flexion creases can be useful in the hand (see Short distal phalanx of the finger), this may not be practical in the foot. Alternatively, one may be able to palpate the joint.