metatarsal head dystrophy

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metatarsal head dystrophy

; pencilling of metatarsals; 'licked candy stick' loss of vasomotor tone, metatarsal hyperaemia and increased osteoclastic activity leading to osteolysis, bone loss, fragmentation and a 'pencilled' appearance; characteristic of long-term autonomic neuropathy (e.g. diabetes; leprosy)