Background

Chevron osteotomy for mild and moderate hallux valgus obtains good effects. It is suitable for a variety of cases, allowing for a significant degree of correction. This study aimed to investigate chevron osteotomy for the correction of hallux valgus in the medium-term by podiatric surgeons. It considers clinical and radiologic findings and patient perspectives and level of satisfaction.

Methods

Forty-five patients (50 feet) were assessed preoperatively, postoperatively, and at final follow-up. Mean patient age was 59.43 years (range, 32–80 years). The protocols include medical record review, clinical examination, and radiologic assessment. Anteroposterior weightbearing radiographs were analyzed preoperatively and at final follow-up. Clinical effects were analyzed with visual analog scale and American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) scores.

Results

Interobserver and intraobserver reliability were evaluated. Mean ± SD hallux valgus angle decreased at final follow-up (25.30° ± 7.21° versus 17.25° ± 10.32°; P = .041). There was no significant reduction in mean ± SD intermetatarsal angle at final follow-up (13.13° ± 3.03° versus 7.65° ± 3.47°; P = .078). Final AOFAS score was 82.08 ± 17.66. This study showed the relevance of magnet therapy, nail surgery, and other procedures. No patient was dissatisfied with the aesthetic scarring.

Conclusions

The radiologic results at final follow-up were not compatible with relapse of the deformity. The definitive clinical results and the degree of patient satisfaction achieved with this technique were favorable from the patients' point of view.

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