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Telescoping osteotomy for pressure metatarsalgia

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A review is presented of 508 feet in 310 patients after telescoping osteotomy of the lesser metatarsals for metatarsalgia. The patients were predominantly female (80%), with a mean age of 55 years; the range of follow-up was 1 to 12 years. In 22% of the patients the metatarsalgia was associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Improvements in assessment and modifications in technique are reported and the management of complications is discussed. The results show that telescoping osteotomy for established cases of pressure metatarsalgia is a simple and reliable operation. Permanent relief of symptoms can be expected in over 80% of patients.

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