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Pooling Results by Means of Meta-Analysis

July 1, 2015

In this issue, we present 2 different meta-analyses that aimed to answer the same question, namely, “Is tibiofibular syndesmosis transfixation best performed with metallic or bioabsorbable screw fixation?” Keep in mind that a meta-analysis is a quantitative review that pools data from publications and attempts to define the heterogeneity of the data to be pooled into a larger sample.

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Metallic Hardware Not a Considered Complication

July 1, 2015

It is interesting that two different meta-analyses aimed to answer the same question. It should be made clear that reoperation for metallic hardware removal was not considered a complication in our report (1).

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The Difference Is in What Is or Is Not Included

July 1, 2015

We thank Journal Editor D. Scot Malay, DPM, MSCE, FACFAS, for his Editorial regarding both, seemingly overlapping, manuscripts. In addition to the differences correctly pointed out by Dr

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Management of Posterior Malleolar Fractures: A Systematic Review

June 19, 2015

Posterior malleolar fractures are relatively common and usually result from rotational ankle injuries. Although treatment of associated lateral and medial structures is well established, several controversies exist in the management of posterior malleolus fractures. We performed a systematic review of the current published data with regard to the diagnosis, management, and prognosis of posterior malleolus fractures.

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Biomechanical Evaluation of Custom Foot Orthoses for Hallux Valgus Deformity

June 6, 2015

The purpose of the present study was to compare the hallux valgus deformity pressure parameters seen in standard footwear (no orthosis) versus the pressure observed in the same footwear with the addition of 3 different length orthoses. The forefoot pressure at a hallux valgus deformity was recorded with pressure sensors placed on the plantar, medial, and dorsal surface of the first metatarsal head.

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Evaluating Component Migration: Comparing Two Generations of the INBONE Total Ankle Replacement

May 29, 2015

Although total ankle replacement (TAR) designs have radically evolved, the compressive forces at the ankle can cause aseptic loosening, talar subsidence, and implant failure. The purpose of the present report was to compare the implant migration associated with the INBONE® I, a TAR system with a stemmed talar component, and the newer generation INBONE® II, a TAR system without a stemmed talar component (Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Arlington, TN).

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Intramedullary Fixation System for the Treatment of Hammertoe Deformity

May 28, 2015

Hammertoe is one of the most common foot deformities. Arthrodesis or arthroplasty of the proximal interphalangeal joint using temporary Kirschner wire fixation is the most widespread method of surgical stabilization. However, this type of fixation is associated with some potential complications that can be obviated if percutaneous fixation is avoided

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Realignment Subtalar Joint Arthrodesis

May 28, 2015

Subtalar joint arthrodesis is a commonly performed procedure for the correction of hindfoot deformity and/or the relief of pain related to osteoarthritis. The purpose of the present study was to provide preoperative and intraoperative objective radiographic parameters to improve the accuracy and long-term success of realignment arthrodesis of the subtalar joint.

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Current Concepts in the Management of Ankle Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review

May 28, 2015

Ankle osteoarthritis is less common than hip or knee osteoarthritis; however, it is a relatively common presentation and is predominantly related to previous trauma. Treatments have traditionally consisted of temporizing measures such as analgesia, physiotherapy, and injections until operative treatment in the form of arthrodesis is required

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Enchondroma of the Foot

May 27, 2015

The present study is a review of 20 patients with enchondroma of the foot treated from January 2005 to March 2012. All patients were examined clinically, followed by an evaluation of their enchondroma of the foot radiographically and an assessment of the outcome of their surgical intervention. The patients’ sex and age, enchondroma location, findings from imaging studies such as plain radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging, clinical findings, operative findings, and treatment outcomes were recorded.

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