Resection of metatarsal heads is a commonly used surgery to correct
bone deformity in toes caused by rheumatoid arthritis. A part of one of the
affected toe bones, the phalangeal head, is removed so that the toe can lie
flat. The affected tendons are released and attached again to conform to the
new, correct toe position. The toe is then held in place with wires for several
weeks. The wires can be removed in the doctor's office.
June 11, 2010
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
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