Executive Editor: Joseph Schatzker

Authors: Michael Castro, Rick Buckley, Andrew Sands

Phalanges

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Glossary

Plantar approach to DIP joint
Make a skin incision along the skin crease the full width of the toe. enlarge

Skin incision

Make a skin incision along the skin crease the full width of the toe.


Divide transversely the superficial transverse aponeurotic bands. enlarge

Superficial dissection

Division of the aponeurotic bands

Divide transversely the superficial transverse aponeurotic bands.


Dissect down to the tendon of flexor digitorum longus (FDL). enlarge

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. enlarge

Capsulotomy

Make a ventral capsulotomy the width of the joint.

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