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Varus instability of the hallux interphalangeal joint in a taekwondo athlete
  1. Hyun Sik Gong,
  2. Yeun Ho Kim,
  3. Moon Seok Park
  1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
  1. Dr Hyun Sik Gong, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, 300 Gumi-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 463-707, Korea; hsgong{at}snu.ac.kr

Abstract

The hallux interphalangeal joint is stable in the transverse plane and there have been only a few reports of varus instability of this joint. A case is described of varus subluxation of the hallux interphalangeal joint in a taekwondo athlete and the surgical outcome after reconstruction of the collateral ligament. Taekwondo athletes, who require fast powerful kicks, should be warned about this type of forefoot injury.

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