19 septembre 2022

Introduction: The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical and radiological results of DMMO limited to the second and third rays in patients suffering from metatarsalgia with lesion of the plantar plate of the second ray associated with a hallux valgus. Our hypothesis was that this gesture allowed an improvement of the clinical and paraclinical symptoms.


Material and method: For this retrospective, single-center, single-operator study, 112 patients (mean age 65.52 years, 91% women, 127 feet) operated between June 2015 and October 2020 were included based on the following criteria: metatarsalgia complicated by lesion of the plantar plate with hallux valgus. Secondary metatarsalgia, congenital malformation, pes cavus, Freiberg’s disease, gastrocnemius retraction were excluded


The surgery began with DMMOs of the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals, then a minimally invasive chevron osteotomy adjusted the length of the 1st metatarsal in relation to the lateral rays. The position of the toes was guided by a bandage for 2 weeks relayed by a molded orthoplasty for 4 weeks. Support was complete with a rigid flat shoe.

At a mean follow-up of 3 years (14-80 months), the AOFAS functional score and radiographic measurements (Maestro criteria, bone consolidation) were evaluated.



The clinical improvement was significant with an AOFAS score going from 44.9 to 91.8 (p>0.05)

We observed 8.7% of complications: 4 transfer metatarsalgia on the 4th or 5th metatarsal, 1 asymptomatic callus under M4, 1 asymptomatic nonunion of M2, 5 spontaneously resolving delayed consolidation, 1 algodystrophy.

The radiographic improvement was significant on our morphotypes which were disharmonious in 92% with M45 hypoplasia in 76% and long M23 in 16%.

Indeed, the DMMO limited to the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal allowed a significant reduction in the difference in length between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal (p>0.05)

Our 4 cases of transfer metatarsalgia under M4 or under M5 were not explained radiologically by relative length anomaly.


Conclusion: Performing DMMO limited to the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals appears to be a reliable solution in the management of metatarsalgia by lesion of the plantar plate associated with hallux valgus, the risk of transfer metatarsalgia was not increased compared to the data of literature.





19 septembre 2022

My name is Barbara Piclet, as you may tell I am from France … I am a exclusive foot and ankle surgeon since 30 years in 1992.

I’d like to take a moment to give thanks for this special award. It’s special for multiple reasons; My father before me, was a great European surgeon, and I put a lot of effort to live up to his success and make my own as a surgeon. In an environment surrounded by men, I was the first and only woman surgeon in my city, probably one of very few in France.

My colleagues, chiefs, and mentors were all men and so to make space for myself I had to be better and more technical. When I decided to specialise within orthopaedics, I took it upon myself to learn as much as I could, and a lot of that came from American books. This award and being here today, after all these years for me really is coming back full circle.

It is a personal achievement, that I am proud of.

MIS allowed me to get to know better the big family of foot and ankle surgeons around the world. It’s now time for the next stage in my career. In November, I’ll be president of the French foot and ankle orthopaedic society, and this will be the first time a woman held a presidency in an orthopaedic society in France. I am very honoured to be paving the way for future woman surgeon in my country. I will take this opportunity to share my experience with as many surgeons as I can, and continue to learn and exchange from them. I will also try to learn from other specialties in order to better understand why the foot is painful in a holistic approach.

Science brings us together, human and caring  bonds us, I strongly believe we need to integrate that more in our practice.

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