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Tech Foot Ankle Surg. 2017 Mar;16(1):3-10. doi: 10.1097/BTF.0000000000000142. Epub 2016 Nov 17.

Rotational Osteotomy for Hallux Valgus. A New Technique for Primary and Revision Cases.

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Clinica Alemana de Santiago, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile.


More than 200 different surgical techniques exist for hallux valgus (HV). Some of them are designed for mild, moderate, or severe deformities depending on their correction power. Nevertheless, they all correct only the coronal and/or sagittal plane deformity. Just a handful of them correct the known axial malrotation that exists in most HV cases. This malrotation is one possible factor that could be the source of recurrence of an operated HV as it has been described. We describe a new technique which simultaneously corrects the metatarsal internal rotation and varus deformity by rotating the metatarsal through an oblique plane osteotomy. This is performed with no bone wedge resection. Also, there is a broader bone surface contact than on a transverse proximal osteotomy. This technique is easy to remember and relatively simple to perform in primary and revision cases. The authors results show that it is as safe and effective as other procedures, with some advantages to be discussed.


Diagnostic Level 5. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.


hallux valgus; osteotomy; rotational correction; surgical technique

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