One hundred seventy-two patients (265 feet) were reviewed following correction of hallux abducto valgus surgery, using the Kalish modification of the Austin bunionectomy. Fifty-three cases were followed up on an average of 2.5 years from 1986 through 1992. The statistical results support the use of this osteotomy with rigid internal fixation for the reduction of the intermetatarsal angle, hallux abductus angle, and tibial sesamoid position. Patients are weightbearing immediately and are usually back in soft shoes or sneakers 2 weeks after surgery. Surgical techniques and complications of this procedure are discussed to help surgeons use this procedure in correcting hallux abducto valgus deformities.
Although most practitioners are familiar with brachymetatarsia, it is a relatively uncommon clinical entity presenting for surgical correction. Traditional methods of surgical correction have been successful for the most part; however, a number of potentially devastating complications exist with these procedures. The authors present a review of the deformity, including the historical surgical techniques, and introduce a new surgical approach that minimizes the risk of complication.