Author(s): McDonald MG, Stevens DB
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Abstract This retrospective review was performed to determine results and to present a new operative method, a modified Mitchell procedure, used to treat 13 adolescents with a total of 21 bunions. The average age of the patients was 14 years, 6 months. The average clinical followup period was 31 months. The average preoperative valgus angle was 35 degrees (range, 21 degrees-65 degrees); the average preoperative intermetatarsal angle was 14 degrees (range, 7 degrees-22 degrees). The early operative result for 17 feet (81\%) was satisfactory; deformity, pain, or stiffness recurred in 4 feet (19\%). At the time of the last clinic visit, the average hallux valgus angle was 15 degrees (range, 3 degrees-43 degrees); the average intermetatarsal angle was 7 degrees (range, 2 degrees-18 degrees). No instances of malunion, nonunion, infection, avascular necrosis, or transfer metatarsalgia occurred. This modification of the Mitchell procedure is an effective management option for mild to moderate adolescent hallux valgus.
This article was published in Clin Orthop Relat Res
and referenced in Advanced Techniques in Biology & Medicine