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Resection of Metatarsal Heads

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Resection of metatarsal heads is a commonly used surgery to correct bone deformity in toesClick here to see an illustration. caused by rheumatoid arthritis. A part of one of the affected toe bones, the phalangeal head, is removed so that the toe can lie flat. The affected tendons are released and attached again to conform to the new, correct toe position. The toe is then held in place with wires for several weeks. The wires can be removed in the doctor's office.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerStanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology
Last RevisedJune 11, 2010

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