BACKGROUND: Little is known about the long-term results of surgical correction of hallux valgus deformity, in particular, the recurrence rate and factors leading to recurrence.

METHODS: Of one hundred and eight patients (115 feet) who underwent a Scarf osteotomy, ninety-three patients (ninety-three feet) were examined at an average duration of follow-up of 124 months. Clinical examination before surgery and at the time of final follow-up included an evaluation of range of motion, pain as measured with a visual analog scale, and American Orthopaedic Foot&Ankle Society (AOFAS) scores. The Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS) was also assessed postoperatively. Radiographic data were evaluated preoperatively, at six weeks postoperatively, and at the time of final follow-up.

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