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Bioabsorbable Rod Fixation of Metatarsal Head Osteotomy in the Treatment of Freiberg Disease

Symeonidis, Panagiotis D. MD, PhD; Terzidis, Konstantinos G. MD; Christoforidis, John MD, PhD

doi: 10.1097/BTO.0b013e318210c4ce

Even in the advanced stage of Freiberg disease, the relatively limited involvement of the plantar aspect of the metatarsal head allows for joint-preserving procedures to be performed. A dorsal wedge rotational osteotomy of the metatarsal head has been proposed with various modifications of the fixation technique. A technique tip using 2 1.5-mm bioabsorbable rods in crossed configuration with bicortical fixation of the osteotomized head is described.

2nd Orthopaedic Department, “G.Gennimatas” Hospital, Aristotelian University of Thesaloniki, Greece

No funds were received in support of this work. No benefits in any form have been or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this manuscript.

No support of any kind was received for this study.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Panagiotis D. Symeonidis, MD, PhD, E.Amynis 18, TK 54621, Thessaloniki, Greece. e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.