J Korean Orthop Assoc.  1998 Apr;33(2):302-308.

Reconstruction of Rheumatoid Forefoot Deformities

Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis can result in progressive deformity of the forefoot, which leads to marked limitation in shoe wear, significant pain, and substantial diminution in standing and walking ability. Twenty feet of seventeen patients with severe forefoot deformities underwent surgical correction hy means of first metatarso-phalangeal arthrodesis and resection arthroplasties of the lesser M-P joints from May, I 994 to March, l996. The results were as follows; l. Suhjective improvement in pain, standing and walking ability, and shoe wear was excellent in fifteen (7~5%) feet, good in three (l5%), fair in one (5%), and poor in one (5%) foot. 2. The average hallux valgus angle (HVA), 1st intermetatarsal angle (IMA) were improved from 46.7 and 13.7 to 11. 1 and 8.2 degree individuaIly. 3. The average angle of dorsiflexion after the first metatarsophalangeal (MP) joint arthrodesis was 12.9 degree. 4. Complications of the procedures were minimal; three delayed wound healing, one non-displaced fracture of fusion site due to trauma, one malunion of the 1st MTP joint, one recurrence of the fibular deviation of the lesser toes.

Keyword

Forefoot; Rheumatoid arthritis; Fusion and Resection arthroplasty

MeSH Terms

Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Arthrodesis
Arthroplasty
Congenital Abnormalities*
Foot
Hallux Valgus
Humans
Joints
Recurrence
Shoes
Toes
Walking
Wound Healing
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