Restoring The Metatarsal Parabola With The Weil Osteotomy
- Volume 15 - Issue 7 - July 2002
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The Weil osteotomy is a simple technique you should consider in your arsenal for treating a long metatarsal. You can control the amount of shortening to alleviate the symptoms and adjust it for additional elevation or treatment of a crossover digital deformity. Also be aware that you may have to treat concomitant deformities, such as a hammertoe contracture, hallux valgus and hypermobility, in order to help ensure optimal improvement of the level of function. I find the Weil osteotomy to be a more stable shortening or elevating osteotomy than the ‘V’ osteotomy with results that are more predictable. n
Dr. Cusumano is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Dr. Braver (pictured at right) is board certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. A Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, he practices in Englewood, NJ.
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