What is a metatarsal Weil osteotomy?

This operation is performed for clawing of the toe or for metatarsalgia (pain under the ball of the foot). It involves an osteotomy (cut) of the metatarsal and a division of the tight extensor tendons. This is performed through an incision of the dorsum (back) of the foot, approximately 4cm long.

How long is recovery from Weil osteotomy?

The bone is then fixed in its new position with screws and the cut is stitched closed. Recovery is likely to take between 6 and 12 weeks depending on what it is you want to achieve.

How long does a Weil osteotomy surgery take?

The bone is then fixed in its new place with 1 or 2 tiny screws and the cut is closed. This process may be performed on one or more metatarsal bones. How long does the operation take? The operation usually takes approximately 30 minutes but may be longer with additional procedures.

When do you use a Weil osteotomy?

The indications for the Weil osteotomy are painful metatarsalgia originating from an elongated (most common) or plantarflexed metatarsal that has failed to respond to conservative care. The surgeon makes a dorsal linear incision over the affected metatarsophalangeal joint.

How soon can you walk after metatarsal surgery?

You may begin normal walking, putting weight on your entire foot, 4 weeks after surgery but should continue to use your post-op shoe for walking until you are 8 weeks from surgery. You may use crutches or a walker as needed for comfort, although they are not required.

What causes floating toe after Weil osteotomy?

Background: A floating toe deformity occurs in many patients who undergo Weil osteotomies. It is likely caused by the failure of the windlass mechanism in shortening the metatarsal.

What is foot osteotomy?

An osteotomy is a type of surgery that removes parts of a bone in your foot. The bone is then reshaped to relieve pain and pressure from a deformity or injury. Some conditions that may require this surgery are fractures, bunions, hammertoes, and flat feet.

What does it mean if your toes don’t touch the ground?

Retracted Toe: When a toe points out in another direction and doesn’t touch the ground while sitting, walking or standing. Retracted toes may develop corns on the top of them from constant rubbing against shoes. Pickering Foot Clinic is here to assist you with toe deformities and the conditions that arise as a result.

Can floating toes be corrected?

Treatment of Floating Toe Non-surgical physical therapy of floating toe may help. If surgery is required, your surgeon may recommend one or more procedures to restore toes to their proper alignment and functionality.