Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery

Surgical Considerations for Massive Tarsal Coalitions in Multiple Synostosis Syndrome: A Case Report

March 22, 2015

Tarsal-carpal coalition syndrome is an autosomal dominant inherited condition characterized by fusion of the carpal and tarsal bones and foot deformity. Associated pain and/or gait disturbance are the main complaints.

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American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ Clinical Consensus Statement: Risk, Prevention, and Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism Disease in Foot…

March 19, 2015

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for physicians regarding the risk, prevention, and diagnosis of venous thromboembolism disease after foot and ankle surgery and while caring for lower extremity injuries that require ankle immobilization. A panel composed of all authors of this document reviewed the published evidence and, through a series of meetings, reached consensus regarding the viewpoints contained herein. We conclude that routine chemical prophylaxis is not warranted; rather, patients should be stratified and have a prevention plan tailored to their individual risk level.

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Assessing Diagnostic Tests I: You Can’t Be Too Sensitive

March 19, 2015

Clinicians and patients are always interested in less invasive, cheaper, and faster diagnostic tests. When introducing such a test, physicians must ensure that it is reliable in its diagnoses and does not commit errors

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Classification of Calcaneal Spurs and Their Relationship With Plantar Fasciitis

March 12, 2015

Calcaneal spurs, as a cause of plantar fasciitis, are currently debatable. A prospective study was performed to classify calcaneal spurs according to the findings from an investigation of the relationship between calcaneal spurs and plantar fasciitis. Thirty patients with calcaneal spurs and plantar heel pain underwent calcaneal spur removal and endoscopic plantar fasciotomy.

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Low-Level Laser Therapy at 635 nm for Treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis: A Placebo-Controlled, Randomized Study

March 11, 2015

Plantar fasciitis affects nearly 1 million persons in the United States at any one time. Conservative therapies have been reported to successfully treat 90% of plantar fasciitis cases; however, for the remaining cases, only invasive therapeutic solutions remain. This investigation studied newly emerging technology, low-level laser therapy

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Are We Facing The Death Of The Austin Bunionectomy?

March 10, 2015

It is a rarity when a revolutionary idea that has the backing of evidence-based medicine challenges a long-held belief, but this is what leads to a paradigm shift resulting in a major breakthrough in medicine.

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Correction of Hammer Toe Deformity of Lateral Toes With Subtraction Osteotomy of the Proximal Phalanx Neck

March 4, 2015

Existing techniques for surgical treatment of hammer toe commonly combine skeletal and soft tissues interventions to obtain a durable correction of the deformity, balance the musculotendinous forces of flexion and extension of the toe, and normalization of the relations between interosseous muscles and metatarsal bones.

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First Tarsometatarsal Arthrodesis: An Anatomic Evaluation of Dorsomedial Versus Plantar Plating

March 4, 2015

Fusion of the first tarsometatarsal joint is a widely used procedure for the correction of hallux valgus deformity. Although dorsomedial H-shaped plating systems are being increasingly used, fusion can also be achieved by plantar plating. The goal of the present study was to compare these 2 operative techniques based on the anatomic considerations and show the potential pitfalls of both procedures

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Hemiarthroplasty for Hallux Rigidus: Mid-Term Results

March 4, 2015

Hallux rigidus is a progressive osteoarthritic condition affecting the first metatarsophalangeal joint that causes pain and stiffness, with a marked reduction in dorsiflexion. Joint arthrodesis has previously been the standard treatment of hallux rigidus; however, new surgical techniques have evolved and first metatarsophalangeal joint hemiarthroplasty is now a viable option. The present retrospective study reviewed the data from the 11 patients (12 feet) who had undergone first metatarsophalangeal joint hemiarthroplasty with the HemiCAP® prosthesis.

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Is the Internet a Reliable Source of Information for Patients Seeking Total Ankle Replacement?

March 4, 2015

The modern patient population relies on the Internet to provide knowledge about medical procedures. However, a gap between established medical guidelines and the information provided on the Internet exists. Because of the general poor quality of the medical information available on the Internet and the increasing popularity of total ankle replacement (TAR) with its known potential serious complications, we undertook the present study to evaluate the information on TAR available to the general public through the Internet and to determine the quality of information according to authorship type and site certification status.

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