Research Article| Volume 62, ISSUE 2, P254-260, March 2023

What Do Patients Report Regarding Their Real-World Function Following Triplane Metatarsophalangeal Joint Arthrodesis for Hallux Valgus?


      First metatarsalphalangeal (MTP) joint arthrodesis has been employed for decades for pain related to arthritis and other associated abnormalities. Despite the commonality of the procedure there continues to be questions regarding functional expectations following the procedure especially when employed for correction of hallux valgus deformity. We surveyed 60 patients who had a triplane MTP joint arthrodesis at mean 28.4 months (median 27.8) regarding their activities of daily living and sports activity through a direct conversation. Secondary endpoints assessed were return to activity, deformity correction and arthrodesis healing rate based on chart review and weightbearing radiographs. The primary outcomes showed robust return to all activities of daily living with 97% able to walk without restrictions and or pain, 98% were able to walk at a normal pace and 95% responded that loss of motion of their big toe did not affect their daily function. Regarding return to sports all patients that participated in sports before surgery resumed participation after with a trend toward increased sports activity. Early return to walking in a fracture boot was noted in this cohort at mean 4.1 days, return to athletic shoe at mean 6.3 weeks and full unrestricted activity at mean 13.3 weeks with no non-unions identified on radiographic or clinical exam. Deformity correction of the typical components of hallux valgus deformity was similar to previously published studies. This data set supports the hypothesis that patients undergoing first MTP joint arthrodesis can expect rapid and full return to activities of daily living and sports with a low complication rate.

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