Elevating Hallux Valgus Care: The Fundamental Role of Weight Bearing CT scans for Orthopaedic Surgeons

In this blog we will explain the importance of weight-bearing CT (WBCT) scans in the diagnosis, treatment planning, and postoperative assessment of hallux valgus—a complex foot deformity. WBCT scans offer orthopaedic surgeons valuable insights into the three-dimensional nature of this condition.

In diagnosing hallux valgus, WBCT scans complement traditional radiographs by providing comprehensive data on metatarsal rotation, sesamoid position, joint degeneration, and 1st metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint congruency.
For treatment planning, WBCT scans are indispensable. They enable precise determination of the necessary rotational correction for the first metatarsal and aid in evaluating instability at the 1st tarsometatarsal (TMT) joint. Additionally, WBCT scans assist in planning sesamoid reduction, ensuring congruency of the 1st MTP joint.
Postoperatively, WBCT scans offer a thorough assessment, accurately gauging correction adequacy, monitoring 1st TMT joint healing, and precisely determining sesamoid position—tasks that conventional radiographs cannot achieve. In summary, WBCT scans are an invaluable tool for orthopaedic surgeons, enhancing the diagnosis and management of hallux valgus, ultimately leading to improved patient outcomes.
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