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Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31820dcaec

Resection Arthroplasty of the Lesser Metatarsophalangeal Joint for Correction of the Severe Complex Hammertoe

Grawe, Brian Michael MD*; Amis, James MD

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The optimal management of a complex hammertoe deformity, with fixed contractures, remains a clinical and surgical challenge. Numerous surgical techniques have been described for correction of this lesser toe deformity, predominately achieving correction through alteration of both the proximal interphalangeal joint and the metatarsophalangeal joint of the affected toe. The technique presented here uses the metatarsophalangeal joint for treatment of this sagittal plane deformity, accomplished through a metatarsophalangeal joint resection arthroplasty combined with soft tissue interposition. And when reserved for the digit that is not amenable to (or has already failed) standard hammertoe surgical intervention its degree of correction can be quite powerful. This procedure is consistent and durable in nature, and converts a malaligned functionless painful toe into an aligned, painless, and passively flexible digit.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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