In this procedure, the provider surgically immobilizes the interphalangeal joint of the great toe. He also transfers the extensor hallucis longus tendon from its insertion on the toe’s phalanx bone to the metatarsal bone of the foot. An interphalangeal joint is a joint between the two phalanges of the great toe. The goal of this procedure is typically to treat pain in patients with end stage osteoarthritis of an interphalangeal joint of the great toe.
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