New research reveals patients with end-stage ankle arthritis can expect enhanced quality of life within six months of surgical reconstruction.
In what researchers call an unusually comprehensive analysis of nationwide data, they conclude that the rate of lawnmower injuries persists at close to 6,400 a year, most of them requiring surgery and hospitalization, and costing an average of $37,000 per patient.
A person might experience swollen feet for a number of reasons. Some causes, such as minor injury, are apparent and easy to treat. Others, however, may be signs of a serious underlying health condition
Almost half of the population in their 60s and 70s has arthritis in their feet or ankles. In recognition of World Arthritis Day 2018 on October 12, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society® (AOFAS) raises awareness for this painful condition and offers a guide to treatment options.
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."