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5Fixation: Conventional plate

If the plate is perfectly contoured to follow the geometry of the concavity of the phalanx, tightening the screws will ...

Bending and contouring the plate

If the plate is perfectly contoured to follow the geometry of the concavity of the phalanx, tightening the screws will result in a gap in the opposite cortex.
The solution to this is slightly to overbend the plate so that when axial compression is exerted by the plate, the compression occurs evenly over the whole fracture surface.