Hallux and first MTP joint have a fundamental role in the transfer of the weight-bearing load during the normal ambulation. The aim of this paper is to review and analyze the available literature about the percutaneous surgical management of the hallux valgus to highlight its strengths and weakness, also comparing with other minimal invasive techniques. A systematic search of PubMed and Google Scholar databases has been performed, covering the period between 1981 and 2016. Various combinations of the keyword terms “PDO,” “hallux valgus,” “bunion,” “percutaneous,” “surgery,” “non-invasive,” “minimal invasive,” “burr,” “osteotomy,” “distal,” “linear,” “saw” have been used.Four papers, published from 2005 to 2015, fulfilled the inclusion criteria. A total of 464 hallux valgus has been treated with a properly percutaneous distal first metatarsal osteotomy. Mean AOFAS score, retrieved from the 4 studies included in our review, has been recorded. There are different aspects that the foot and ankle non-experienced surgeon has to consider about percutaneous surgery: limitation of the tools, radioexposure, lack of direct visual control of the osteotomy and higher costs and patient risk due to surgical time.
- Hallux valgus
- Distal osteotomy