First metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis: an evaluation of hardware failure.


BACKGROUND First metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) arthrodesis is commonly used for the treatment of a variety of conditions affecting the hallux. We used a method incorporating a ball-and-cup preparation of the first metatarsal and proximal phalanx, followed by fixation of the arthrodesis with a lag screw and a dorsal plate (Synthes Modular Hand Set… (More)