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Does an abnormal metatarsal parabola predict plantar plate pathology?

from Podiatry Today

An abnormal metatarsal parabola is a risk factor for second MPJ plantar plate pathology, according to a study presented as a poster at the American Podiatric Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting. Researchers reviewed the records of 100 patients with a plantar plate injury and compared them to 200 patients in a control group. They found an abnormal metatarsal parabola, defined as a second metatarsal protrusion distance of more than 4 mm, was associated with almost 2.5 times the risk of developing plantar plate pathology. The authors note the study may help surgeons decide on the final resting position of corrective shortening of second metatarsal osteotomies. more

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