Single-center study indicates calcaneal avulsion fractures carry high risk of complications
A presenter at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting said calcaneal avulsion fractures treated at a level 1 trauma center had a 60% complication rate.
High success rate reported for diabetic Charcot foot surgery
Source: Science Daily
Nearly four out of five diabetic patients with severe cases of a disabling condition called Charcot foot were able to walk normally again following surgery, a new study has found.
Similar improvements in patient outcome measures found with ankle arthrodesis, replacement
Despite similar improvements in comfort and function after ankle arthrodesis or total ankle replacement, results published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery showed total ankle replacement performed with newer generation implants had better patient-reported outcomes.
Heel spurs: What you need to know
Source: Medical News Today
A heel spur is a condition where a calcium deposit grows between the heel and arch of the foot. What are the symptoms of heels spurs and what increases a person's risk of developing them?
DePuy Synthes releases Continuous Compression Implants to improve outcomes of foot and ankle procedures
DePuy Synthes announced the availability of continuous compression implants for healing of reconstructive foot and ankle procedures to health care providers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
What is overpronation?
Source: Virtual Sports Injury Clinic
Overpronation of the foot is not an injury itself but if you over pronate then you may be more susceptible to a number of sports injuries. It is often recognised as a flattening or rolling in of the foot but it is not quite as simple as that as the timing of when the foot rolls in is also important.
Lower complication rate seen with endoscopic vs open excision of os trigonum
Researchers performed a randomized controlled trial of 52 athletes with posterior ankle impingement syndrome. Overall, 26 athletes underwent open excision of the os trigonum and 26 athletes underwent endoscopic incision.
Age-Related Outcome of Mobile-Bearing Total Ankle Replacement
The aim of this study was to investigate clinical and radiographic outcomes in patients 50 years and younger vs patients older than 50 years undergoing total ankle replacement.
PVD Patients With TMA At Elevated Risk For Post-Op Limb Loss
Source: Podiatry Today
A study presented as a poster at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference found a significantly elevated risk of limb loss following transmetatarsal amputation (TMA) in patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
Integra LifeSciences announces full launch of Cadence total ankle system
According to a company press release, the system was developed by four top foot and ankle surgeons and has been used successfully in more than 200 procedures since its initial clinical use more than 1 year ago. In that time, instrumentation updates and enhanced surgeon training have been introduced to further improve quality, patient safety and procedural efficiency.
Antibiotic Use and Kirschner Wire Fixation in Forefoot Surgery: A National Survey
In foot and ankle patients, the use of Kirschner wires is common, and the population in the typical foot and ankle practice has higher rates of comorbidities associated with infection. This study assessed national trends regarding the use of postoperative prophylactic antibiotic therapy in patients undergoing foot and ankle surgery treated with percutaneous Kirschner wires.
Elderly patients with foot pain at increased risk for falls
Patients with severe foot pain have an increased risk for falling compared with those with less intense pain, according to recently published research in Gerontology.
When Is Heel Pain Nerve Pain?
Source: Podiatry today
Although clinicians may assume plantar fasciopathy is always the cause of heel pain, the heel pain may be due to multiple etiologies. Citing the diagnostic advantages of ultrasonography, peripheral nerve blocks and neurosensory testing, this author says one can provide more tailored treatment for patients.
Older age, obesity cited as risk factors for deep SSI after plate fixation of proximal tibial fractures
Researchers of this study identified older patient age, obesity, alcohol abuse and specific fracture type as risk factors for deep surgical site infection among patients who underwent plate fixation for proximal tibial fractures.
3D printing: Customized insoles for diabetes patients
Source: Science daily
In the past, insoles for patients with diabetes were hand-made by orthopedic shoemakers. In the future, these specialist shoemakers will be able to produce insoles more cost-effectively thanks to new software and the use of 3D printers. This approach means the mechanical properties of each insole can be assessed scientifically and more effectively.
Total ankle arthroplasty improved gait in patients with OA, rheumatoid arthritis
Total ankle arthroplasty yielded superior preoperative and postoperative parameters of gait among patients with osteoarthritis, while greater improvements in parameters of gait were found among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to study results presented at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Annual Meeting.
Revisiting The Silastic Implant For The First MPJ
Source: Podiatry Today
Investigators found significant improvements from preoperative measures at 24.8-month follow-up for both mean side-to-side differences and Lysholm scores in patients who underwent double-bundle ACL reconstruction using a special drill pin guide and reamer, along with a laser-guided device to facilitate a transtibial approach.