[Lesser toe deformities. Definition, pathogenesis, and options for surgical correction]

H Arnold
Der Orthopäde 2005, 34 (8): 758-66
Whereas in the past resection arthroplasty was - in analogy to hallux valgus surgery - the preferred therapy to correct lesser toe deformities, the point of view has undergone a change. Much interest is directed toward functional aspects that require reconstructive management. Whenever possible the integrity of joint play should be saved. Above all the metatarsophalangeal joint of the lesser toes is worth being preserved to prevent a severe disturbance of the biomechanics of the foot. Tendon transfers and subtle corrective osteotomies such as the Weil procedure allow restricting resection procedures to contraction deformities.

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