Brachymetatarsia of 4th metatarsal treated with distraction osteogenesis: A case report
Keywords:Metatarsal, Brachymetatarsia, Distraction osteogenesis, Rail fixator
Brachymetatarsia is a deformity of one or more metatarsal bones in which the bone length is abnormally reduced. It usually occurs bilaterally and has a female preponderance. The condition can be asymptomatic, or may cause symptoms such as pain and skin irritation. We reported a rare case of a 17-year-old male with unilateral brachymetatarsia of the fourth metatarsal. Distraction osteogenesis with the use of mini rail fixator had been performed to the patient. Satisfactory results were obtained both in cosmetic and functional outcomes. Distraction osteogenesis could be recommended as one of alternative procedures to treat brachymetatarsia. Several possible complications need to be considered during the procedure.
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