Mini TightRope system for hallux abducto valgus deformity: a discussion and case report

J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2010 Jul-Aug;100(4):291-5. doi: 10.7547/1000291.


This case report reviews the presentation and treatment of a 68-year-old diabetic woman with severe hallux abducto valgus deformity and progressively worsening pain and joint stiffness. The patient had a history of two distinct episodes of postoperative deep venous thrombosis and was deemed inappropriate for cast immobilization. The Arthrex Mini TightRope system was used in an attempt to reduce significantly increased intermetatarsal and hallux abductus angles, with the advantage of immediate postoperative weightbearing. An Integra K2 hemi-joint implant was also used to address the marked osteoarthritis at the first metatarsophalangeal joint. The potential role that this fixation technology may play in forefoot surgery is then discussed, along with its limitations and possible complications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement
  • Casts, Surgical
  • Contraindications
  • Female
  • Hallux Valgus / diagnostic imaging
  • Hallux Valgus / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Joint Prosthesis
  • Metatarsophalangeal Joint / surgery
  • Orthopedic Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • Osteoarthritis / surgery
  • Radiography
  • Venous Thrombosis / complications