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Distal Metatarsal Osteotomy for Hallux Valgus in the Middle-aged Patient

DE, S., DAS*; HAMBLEN, D., L.**

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: May 1987 - Volume 218 - Issue - p 239–246
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Thirty-eight distal metatarsal osteotomies for hallux valgus in middle-aged patients between the ages of 50 and 67 years were performed over a period of five years. None of the patients could be rated with an excellent result. Good results were noted in only 52.6%. Poor results were attributable to imperfect surgical technique, severity of preoperative deformity, osteoporosis, and preexisting osteoarthritic changes at the first metatarsophalangeal joint.

* Senior Lecturer and Consultant, University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore.

** Professor, University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland.

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