Outcomes after the Stainsby Procedure in the Lesser Toes: An Alternative Procedure for the Correction of Rigid Claw Toe Deformity
Laurence Dodd, Mordicai Atinga, Julian Foote, Simon Palmer
Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery published online 17 June 2011.
Clawing of the digits is a deformity seen both in patients with and without rheumatoid arthritis, resulting in pain and deformity in the forefoot. After failure of conservative treatment, the Stainsby procedure is one surgical option for severe clawing and metatarsalgia in both rheumatoid and nonrheumatoid feet. Results from the originating authors (G.D. Stainsby and P.J. Briggs) are consistent and reliable; however, there is little material outside of the originating center. This article reviews our experience in the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust. Sixteen consecutive patients who underwent Stainsby procedure between 2006 and 2009 were prospectively reviewed. All operations were performed by a single consultant surgeon, the senior author (S.P.). All patients were scored using the Manchester Oxford Foot and Ankle score preoperatively and postoperatively. Minimum follow-up was 6 months, with a mean follow-up of 14 months. Significant improvements in all scores were seen postoperatively. Walking scores dropped from a mean of 22 preoperatively to 12.7 postoperatively (P = 0.007). Pain scores dropped from a mean of 13.3 to 7.1 (P = 0.001). Social scores dropped from a mean 11 to 6 (P = 0.001). Overall patient satisfaction was high. The Stainsby procedure has been shown to improve function and reduce pain in patients from its originating center in both rheumatoid and nonrheumatoid feet. This study demonstrates this simple technique is reproducible and effective in reducing morbidity.