Results published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery showed patients with either varus or valgus malalignment of the coronal plane tibiotalar angle who underwent mobile-bearing total ankle arthroplasty had similar outcomes compared to patients with neutral alignment.
Engineers have developed a simple, low-cost, passive prosthetic foot that they can tailor to an individual. Given a user's body weight and size, the researchers can tune the shape and stiffness of the prosthetic foot, such that the user's walk is similar to an able-bodied gait.
Researchers found preoperative ankle swelling and time to surgery were not associated with a change in soft tissue outcomes after ankle fracture surgery. The study also revealed few postoperative wound complications.
"Our feet are like the tires on our car or bike," says David Watson, physical therapist at Professional Physical Therapy. "The more time we spend on our feet, the more miles we are putting on our 'tires.' If those who are on their feet all day don’t take care of themselves, they may reach fatigue earlier on in training and be more at risk for common orthopedic injuries, such as plantar fasciitis."