Rose, Romer E.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Metatarsal Lengthening by Callus Distraction for Branchymatarsia
Internet Journal of Third World Medicine
Date of Publication
Congenital metatarsal shortening (brachymetatarsia) causes minor disability in daily life. However, patients are likely to seek medical care complaining mainly of cosmetic problems when they reach adolescence or adult life. Callus distraction is a unique method for elongating a long bone. As with any lengthening procedure by callotasis there are complications and these can be avoided or minimised by careful monitoring of progress throughout distraction and consolidation. This is the first reported case of callus distraction for brachymetatarsia from the English-speaking Caribbean. The technique and complications are discussed.....