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What Is A Metatarsal Osteotomy?

Metatarsal osteotomy, alternatively called metatarsal ostectomy, addresses specific foot conditions, particularly metatarsalgia and metatarsal head pain. Metatarsalgia, characterized by pain and inflammation in the foot’s ball, typically focuses on the metatarsal heads, the foot’s long bones’ heads. Additionally, surgeons perform the procedure by surgically removing a portion of one or more metatarsal bones to relieve pressure and reduce pain in the affected area. However, shortening or repositioning the metatarsal bone decreases pressure on the metatarsal heads and nearby nerves, results in decreased pain and improved foot function. Depending on the foot condition and the deformity’s extent, metatarsal osteotomy can be conducted as a standalone procedure or combined with other surgical techniques.

Meteatarsal Osteotomy Procedure

During metatarsal osteotomy surgery, the patient receives local or regional anesthesia to numb the foot. Furthermore, the surgeon then makes an incision over the metatarsal bone requiring modification. Carefully, the surgeon removes a section of the metatarsal bone to achieve the desired shortening or repositioning. Additionally, the surgeon may need to make adjustments to surrounding soft tissues, ligaments, or tendons to ensure proper alignment and relieve pressure on the metatarsal heads. After completing the bone removal and any necessary soft tissue adjustments, the surgeon then closes the incision with sutures and dresses and bandages the surgical site. In conclusion, this comprehensive approach aims to alleviate pain and improve foot function for individuals suffering from metatarsalgia or metatarsal head pain.


Following surgery, the patient may require crutches or a walker for a non-weight-bearing period on the foot to facilitate proper bone healing. Additionally, a cast or specialized boot might be necessary to safeguard the foot during the initial healing phase. Engaging in physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises becomes vital to regain strength and mobility in the foot throughout the recovery process.

While metatarsal osteotomy is generally effective for treating metatarsalgia and related foot conditions, it carries potential risks and complications like infection, delayed bone healing, and non-union. The decision to undergo this procedure is made after thorough evaluation and discussion with an orthopedic surgeon. The surgeon evaluates the individual’s specific condition, medical history, and overall health to determine the suitability of the procedure as a treatment option.


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