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Tailor's Bunion

Due to a very wide splay the fifth metatarsal head may push outwards, causing shoe problems and pressure. This deformity is like a reversed hallux, and we operate this using the mini hallux plate. Advantages are the immediate weight-bearing capacity, no shortenings, and a stable bone assembly (osteosynthesis).

An example:

hallux (red arrow) and tailor's bunion (black arrow) plagued this foot.



Solution: After only 1 month there is barely any swelling or pain, the patient is able to walk well. The two V-tek 30 mm plates are visible in the X-ray. These are minimally invasive, i.e. inserted with the smallest cuts.


One more example:






Left: A young patient with a disturbing tailor's bunion(arrow).



Right: After surgery, the cusp is gone, the patient is symptom-free.








X-ray before surgery: The V. metatarsal head rotates outwards and sticks out (arrow).








After the operation: the head was "turned inwards" and shifted by almost a full shaft width to the foot center.





For these smaller conditions with inside-bone dimensions of a few millimeters, we have developed the V-tek microplate. The function and the metatarsophalangeal joint are fully maintained (instead of a pure ablation) and the foot became narrower significantly.

The plate is only a millimeter thick, it does not bother, so can be left there.