Functional outcome of arthrodesis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint using parallel screw fixation

James W. Brodsky, Roger N. Passmore, Fabian E. Pollo, Shay Shabat

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Abstract

Background: Arthrodesis of the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint is a reliable procedure for a painful hallux. Most studies focus on the surgical results rather than the functional outcome for the patient. Therefore, we examined the effects of first MTP joint arthrodesis on activities of daily living and recreational activities. Methods: Fifty-three patients (60 feet) who had isolated arthrodesis of the first (MTP) joint using a parallel screw fixation technique were evaluated for the functional outcome after the surgery to determine the effect of the arthrodesis on the activities of daily living and on recreational sports and exercise. Results: Fusion was achieved in all patients; all but three stated that they would have the surgery again. Postoperative pain scores evaluated using the Visual Analogue Scale indicated effective pain relief. High levels of function were demonstrated in this group of patients. Conclusion: Arthrodesis of the first MTP joint is not only a successful surgical technique for relief of pain and correction of deformity but also allows a high level of function in everyday life and in recreational activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-146
Number of pages7
JournalFoot and Ankle International
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arthrodesis
  • Functional outcome
  • Hallux

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