First Metatarsal-Phalangeal Joint Arthrodesis

Arthrodesis of the first metatarsal-phalangeal joint has been proposed for treatment of severe hallux valgus, end-stage hallux rigidus, rheumatoid arthritis, and revision of failed surgery due to the perceived safety and efficacy. This article discusses the principles of first metatarsal-phalangeal joint arthrodesis in primary and revision situations, joint preparation, configurations of osteosynthesis, and common complications, including salvage of nonunion and revision of malunion with realignment osteotomy.

Arthrodesis of the first metatarsal-phalangeal joint has been proposed for treatment of severe hallux valgus, end-stage hallux rigidus, rheumatoid arthritis, and revision of failed surgery due to the perceived safety and efficacy. This article discusses the principles of first metatarsal-phalangeal joint arthrodesis in primary and revision situations, joint preparation, configurations of osteosynthesis, and common complications, including salvage of nonunion and revision of malunion with realignment osteotomy.

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First Metatarsal-Phalangeal Joint Arthrodesis