Metatarsophalangeal Arthroscopy of Lesser Toes

  • Caio Nery
  • Daniel Baumfeld
  • Wai Chung Chan
  • Tun Hing Lui
  • Sally H. S. Cheng


  • As technology improves and the availability of delicate instruments increases, arthroscopy for small joints has become more and more common and promising as a diagnostic and treatment method, showing a significant growth in its indications with better outcomes and reduced surgical complications when compared with traditional open techniques [1–3].

  • Although there has been a growing interest in these procedures, most reports of its use are the successful treatment of osteochondral defects or arthroscopy-assisted procedures [4–10].

  • Most techniques used have been adapted from the experience with other joints, such as the ankle and subtalar and first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joints [1–3, 6, 11, 12].

  • Only recently has the arthroscopic anatomy of the lesser MTP joints and its relation to the gross anatomy of the region been described with good accuracy [13].

  • Several articles have presented experiences with small-joint arthroscopies of the foot, but its use is still relatively limited.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caio Nery
    • 1
  • Daniel Baumfeld
    • 2
  • Wai Chung Chan
    • 3
  • Tun Hing Lui
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Sally H. S. Cheng
    • 8
  1. 1.Federal University of São PauloSao PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Federal University of Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyPamela Youde Nethersole Eastern HospitalHong KongChina
  4. 4.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyNorth District HospitalHong KongChina
  5. 5.Department of OrthopaedicsSouthern Medical UniversityGuangzhouChina
  6. 6.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyChinese University of Hong Kong,Hong KongChina
  7. 7.Institute of Biomedicine and BiotechnologyShenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of ScienceShenzhenChina
  8. 8.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyPrince of Wales HospitalHong KongChina

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