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Interposition Arthroplasty of the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint With a Fascia Lata Allograft

Panagiotis Givissis First Orthopaedic Department, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, G. Papanikolaou Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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A new technique for interposition arthroplasty of the first metatarsoplalangeal joint is described. It involves minimal resection of the base of the proximal phalanx and the use of a fascia lata allograft. The method is simple, safe, and easily reproducible. In selected cases it can offer restoration of pain-free motion in a nonsalvable joint. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 98(2): 160–163, 2008)

Corresponding author: Panagiotis Givissis, MD, PhD, Orthopaedic Department, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, G. Papanikolaou Hospital, Exohi 57010, Thessaloniki, Greece 55210. (E-mail: givissis@otenet.gr)