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Rheumatoid Metatarsus. The original evolution of the first metatarsal


Three hundred and eight unselected rheumatoid feet underwent a weight — bearing X-ray examination. If the malformations of the forefoot studied here present a statistical association, the primus metatarsus adductus is closely connected with tarsal arthritis and flattened foot but does not depend on the duration of the disease. The spread forefoot is indeed related to the duration of the disease and the presence of a metatarsal erosion at the foot level, but is not affected by the lesions of the midfoot. It appears then that an early orthopaedic treatment should be prescribed, once the first signs of involvement of the first ray or pronounced pronation of the hindfoot are noticed; it must affect the hindfoot, the midfoot and the first ray which progress together.

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Bouysset, M., Tebib, J., Noel, E. et al. Rheumatoid Metatarsus. The original evolution of the first metatarsal. Clin Rheumatol 10, 408–412 (1991).

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  • Rheumatoïd Arthritis
  • Foot Metatarsus