Fifth metatarsal scarf osteotomy without implant fixation

Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2021 Oct;107(6):102960. doi: 10.1016/j.otsr.2021.102960. Epub 2021 May 13.


Fifth metatarsal shaft osteotomy has demonstrated efficacy for bunionette. We adapted screwless 1st metatarsal scarf osteotomy to the 5th ray. The technique consists in short osteotomy, translation and diaphyseal bone-suture. We report the first 25 operated feet, with mean AOFAS score 58.4 preoperatively and 94.9 postoperatively at a mean 25 months' follow-up. These results were comparable to reported data, whatever the deformity.

Keywords: Bunionette; Metatarsal; Osteotomy; Scarf.

MeSH terms

  • Bunion, Tailor's*
  • Hallux Valgus* / diagnostic imaging
  • Hallux Valgus* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Metatarsal Bones* / diagnostic imaging
  • Metatarsal Bones* / surgery
  • Osteotomy
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Treatment Outcome