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J Korean Foot Ankle Soc. 2004 Dec;8(2):142-148. Korean. Original Article.
Yoo CI , Jung CY , Kim BC , Choi SJ , Jung YW .
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pusan Medical Center, Pusan, Korea.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan, Korea.

PURPOSE: We compared the results of three surgical procedures of the old neglected Freiberg's disease that was managed with metatarsal head reshaping, metatarsal head resection, and dorsal closing wedge osteotomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From march 1996 to July 2002, five cases in six patients whose metatarsal head collapse already progressed underwent operative treatment. We compared the operative results in the view point of the radiographic follow-up and lesser toe metatrasophalangeal joint scale of AOFAS. RESULTS: There were no further joint destruction and loose body formation. Also, lesser toe metatrasophalangeal joint scale of AOFAS improved from average score, 38.5 (range 22~49) of preoperative one to average score, 86.6 (range, 72~100). Especially, the 2 cases that underwent dorsal closing wedge osteotomy showed most favorable result and the 2 cases with metatarsal resection showed next favorable result. The 2 cases with intra-articular loose body removal and metatarsal reshaping showed the least effective result among three operative methods. CONCLUSION: Our Operative experiences of old neglected Freiberg's disease were all satisfactory irrespective of operative options and dorsal closing wedge osteotomy was thought to be most effective method.

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