- Dorsal approach to DIP joint
The veins are superficial and should be preserved, especially those running in the long axis of the toe. The arteries and the nerves are basically situated on the medial and lateral aspects of the toe.
Make a transverse incision over the DIP joint. Take care not to extend the incision over the lateral aspect of the toe so as not to harm the collateral nerves.
This incision gives a good view of the extensor tendon.