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

Grawe, Brian Michael MD*; Amis, James MD

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: March 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 1 - p 40–46
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31820dcaec

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.

*Department of Orthopaedics, University of Cincinnati

Lone Star Orthopaedics Inc, Cincinnati, OH

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Brian Michael Grawe, MD, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Cincinnati, 231 Albert Sabin Way, Cincinnati, OH 45267. e-mail:

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.