- Plantar approach to the DIP joint
This approach is indicated for:
- DIP flexion contractures
Correction of claw toe deformity secondary to:
- Late compartment syndrome
- Neurologic contractures
- Arthrodesis of the DIP joint
Make a skin incision along the skin crease the full width of the toe.
Division of the aponeurotic bands
Divide transversely the superficial transverse aponeurotic bands.
Division of FDL
Dissect down to the tendon of flexor digitorum longus (FDL).
Use a blunt hook to find the tendon and pull it towards the skin incision.
Divide the tendon of FDL.
Make a ventral capsulotomy the width of the joint.