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Transfer of the Peroneus Brevis Tendon After Resection of the Fifth Metatarsal Base

Jodi Schoenhaus The Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.

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After resection of bone or amputation, postoperative stump breakdown occurs frequently. Furthermore, the altered mechanics with ambulation are difficult to control with bracing and orthoses alone. During the past 10 years, the peroneus brevis tendon has been transferred to various locations in the foot after resection of the fifth metatarsal base in an effort to provide continued balance between the supinatory and pronatory forces needed for a steady gait. In patients who have had a peroneus brevis tendon transfer, the rate of postoperative ulceration and the need for further bony resection is minimal. Analysis of the biomechanical influences and effects of different anatomical placements of the transferred tendon reveals the importance of transfer of the peroneus brevis tendon. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 94(6): 594–603, 2004)

Corresponding author: Jodi Schoenhaus, DPM, The Graduate Hospital, 1900 Lombard St, Ste 702, Philadelphia, PA 19146.