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Jae Hong Lee, Dong Ki Min, Han Seong Choe, Jin Hwan Lee, So Hong Shin
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of arm and leg posture elements on symmetrical weight bearing during Sit to Stand tasks in chronic stroke patients. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were diagnosed with stroke and 22 patients (15 males and 7 females) participated in this study. All participants performed Sit to Stand tasks on three foot postures and two arm postures. Two force plates were used to measure peak of vertical ground reaction force and symmetrical ratio to peak Fz...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Zhongkui Wang, Masamitsu Kido, Kan Imai, Kazuya Ikoma, Shinichi Hirai
Clinically in medializing calcaneal osteotomy (MCO), foot and ankle surgeons are facing difficulties in choosing appropriate surgical parameters due to the individual differences in deformities among flatfoot patients. Traditional cadaveric studies have provided important information regarding the biomechanical effects of tendons, ligaments, and plantar fascia, but limitations have been reached when dealing with individual differences and tailoring patient-specific surgeries. Therefore, this study aimed at implementing the finite element (FE) method to investigate the effect of different MCO parameters to help foot and ankle surgeons performing patient-specific surgeries...
March 15, 2018: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
Kristina Stanković, Brian G Booth, Femke Danckaers, Fien Burg, Philippe Vermaelen, Saartje Duerinck, Jan Sijbers, Toon Huysmans
Background: Foot morphology has received increasing attention from both biomechanics researches and footwear manufacturers. Usually, the morphology of the foot is quantified by 2D footprints. However, footprint quantification ignores the foot's vertical dimension and hence, does not allow accurate quantification of complex 3D foot shape. Methods: The shape variation of healthy 3D feet in a population of 31 adult women and 31 adult men who live in Belgium was studied using geometric morphometric methods...
2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
JongEun Yim, Jerrold Petrofsky, Haneul Lee
Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and physically active individuals. The most common residual disability, ankle sprain, is characterized by instability along with postural sway. If the supporting structures around a joint become lax, posture stability and balance are also affected. Previous studies have examined muscle stiffness and elasticity and postural sway separately; however, the relationship between these factors is yet unknown. It is well known that the levels of sex hormones, especially estrogen, change in women over the phase of the menstrual cycle...
2018: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Aoife Healy, Sybil Farmer, Anand Pandyan, Nachiappan Chockalingam
BACKGROUND: Assistive products are items which allow older people and people with disabilities to be able to live a healthy, productive and dignified life. It has been estimated that approximately 1.5% of the world's population need a prosthesis or orthosis. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to systematically identify and review the evidence from randomized controlled trials assessing effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of prosthetic and orthotic interventions...
2018: PloS One
Kwang Hwan Park, Yeokgu Hwang, Seung Hwan Han, Yoo Jung Park, Dong Woo Shim, Woo Jin Choi, Jin Woo Lee
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have reported promising clinical results after osteochondral autograft transplantation (OAT) for the treatment of large osteochondral lesions of the talus (OLT). However, no study has yet compared clinical outcomes between primary and secondary OAT for large OLT. PURPOSE: The purpose is to compare clinical outcomes among patients with large OLT who receive primary OAT versus those who receive secondary OAT after failure of marrow stimulation and to identify factors associated with clinical failure...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Joseph Tracey, Danny Arora, Christopher E Gross, Selene G Parekh
BACKGROUND: Third generation total talar prostheses (TTPs) are viable options for talar avascular necrosis (AVN) in the absence of neighboring joint pathology. The use of modern three-dimensional (3D) printing allows the production of custom implants that exactly mimic the patient's anatomy. The aim of this study is to determine the accuracy of 3D printing in reproducing a synthetic talus and, in doing so, restoring more normal anatomical relationships. We hypothesize that this mode of replication will restore and maintain normal radiographic alignment of the ankle, subtalar, and forefoot joints in the setting of talar AVN...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Cheng-Lin Wang, Kai-Xue Cao, Jun-Zhong Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical effect of a new bundle-to-bundle suturing method for acute Achilles tendon rupture. METHODS: From April 2013 to January 2015, 15 patients with acute Achilles tendon rupture were treated with a new bundle-to-bundle suturing method including 12 males and 3 females with an average age of 37.5 years old ranging from 27 to 56 years old. All of them were immobilized by cast for 6 weeks on the underlying limbs, and were educated for a rehabilitation training during the follow-up...
February 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Daorong Xu, Yibei Wang, Chunyu Jiang, Maoqing Fu, Shiqi Li, Lei Qian, Peidong Sun, Jun Ouyang
BACKGROUND: Ligament repair and augmentation techniques can stabilize syndesmosis injuries. However, little is known about the mechanical behavior of syndesmotic ligaments. The aim of this study was to analyze full-field strain, strain trend under foot rotation, and subregional strain differences of the anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (AITFL), posterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (PITFL), and interosseous membrane (IOM). METHODS: Eleven fresh-frozen lower limbs were dissected to expose the AITFL, PITFL, and IOM...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Ryuta Kinugasa, Keigo Taniguchi, Naoto Yamamura, Mineko Fujimiya, Masaki Katayose, Shu Takagi, V Reggie Edgerton, Shantanu Sinha
The in vitro unconstrained Achilles tendon is nearly straight, while in vivo experiments reveal that the proximal region of the Achilles tendon, adjacent to Kager's fat pad, bends ventrally during plantarflexion but remains nearly straight during dorsiflexion. Tendon bending is an important factor in determining the displacement of the foot compared to the shortening of the muscle fibers. The objective of this study was to elucidate the various mechanisms that could cause tendon bending, which currently remain unknown...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Michael Wilkinson, Alistair Ewen, Nicholas Caplan, David O'Leary, Neil Smith, Richard Stoneham, Lee Saxby
The effect of textured insoles on kinetics and kinematics of overground running was assessed. 16 male injury-free-recreational runners attended a single visit (age 23 ± 5 yrs; stature 1.78 ± 0.06 m; mass 72.6 ± 9.2 kg). Overground 15-m runs were completed in flat, canvas plimsolls both with and without textured insoles at self-selected velocity on an indoor track in an order that was balanced among participants. Average vertical loading rate and peak vertical force (Fpeak ) were captured by force platforms...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
Mustafa Kir, Gulay Kir
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative pain is a frequently problem after orthopedic procedures like hallux valgus surgery. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether ankle block improves early and mid-term functional outcomes and postoperative pain management after hallux valgus surgery in patients receiving general anesthesia. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This randomized controlled trial investigated 60 patients who underwent hallux valgus surgery under general anesthesia. Patients were prospectively randomized into two groups; general anesthesia only (Group A) and ankle block added to general anesthesia (Group B)...
March 12, 2018: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
Meletis Rozis, Ioannis Benetos, Panagiotis Karampinas, Vasilios Polyzois, John Vlamis, Spyros Pneumaticos
BACKGROUND: Conservative treatment of an acute Achilles rupture remains a viable and acceptable option as does surgical fixation, with open and percutaneous repair consisting the main operative techniques. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcomes and complication rates of open versus percutaneous surgical procedures. METHODS: From 2009 to 2016, 131 patients were admitted to our department with clinically and radiologically confirmed acute Achilles tendon ruptures...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Emilio Wagner, Pablo Wagner, Diego Zanolli, Rubén Radkievich, Gunther Redenz, Rodrigo Guzman
BACKGROUND: Tibialis posterior tendon transfer is performed when loss of dorsiflexion has to be compensated. We evaluated the circumtibial (CT), above-retinaculum transmembranous (TMAR), and under-retinaculum transmembranous (TMUR) transfer gliding resistance and foot kinematics in a cadaveric foot model during ankle range of motion (ROM). METHODS: Eight cadaveric foot-ankle distal tibia specimens were dissected free of soft tissues on the proximal end, applying an equivalent force to 50% of the stance phase to every tendon, except for the Achilles tendon...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Ji-Hyun Lee, Hyo-Jung Jeong, Heon-Seock Cynn, Tae-Woo Kang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Normal dorsiflexion (DF) required for normal gait is achieved through balance of the tibialis anterior (TA) and extensor hallucis longus (EHL). Imbalance may induce ankle and foot deformities and exacerbate pathology. EHL dominance is associated with progressive TA weakness, attributable to muscle non-use. When the EHL dominantly dorsiflexes the ankle, the big toe extends at the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTPJ) and pure ankle DF is absent. The effects of active MTPJ flexion on TA and EHL muscles, TA/EHL ratio, and the force applied during active DF in EHL-dominant (EHL-D) and EHL-non-dominant (EHL-ND) subjects were compared...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Kevin E Wilk, Christopher A Arrigo
There are numerous complications that can occur following a musculoskeletal injury or surgery in the sporting population. Prevention of the most frequent complications is the key in any successful rehabilitation program, but occasionally problems do occur. A thorough well-designed postoperative or postinjury rehabilitation program may prevent these problems. However, if complications do arise, a team approach among the parties involved in the process to develop an evidenced-based treatment program designed for the underlying complication can successfully treat these issues...
April 2018: Clinics in Sports Medicine
Lorena Bejarano-Pineda, Annunziato Amendola
Participation in sports activity has increased significantly during the last several decades. This phenomenon has exposed orthopedic sports medicine surgeons to new challenges regarding the diagnosis and management of common sport-related injuries. Arthroscopy is becoming more commonly used in many of the surgical procedures for these injuries and carries the risk of complications. Wound and nerve complications make up the bulk of complications in most procedures. This article describes these complications associated with the common surgical procedures related to foot and ankle sport-related injuries and how to address and prevent them...
April 2018: Clinics in Sports Medicine
Toshiki Tajima, Hiroshige Tateuchi, Yumiko Koyama, Tome Ikezoe, Noriaki Ichihashi
Reducing external joint moments during gait can lead to a reduction in dynamic joint load. There has yet to be a detailed investigation of gait strategies that can reduce external joint moments by decreasing the magnitude of ground reaction force (GRF) without reducing the walking speed. The objectives of this study were to verify whether it is possible to reduce external joint moments by decreasing the GRF magnitude without reducing the walking speed and to identify the alternative walking strategy involved in young healthy adults...
March 7, 2018: Human Movement Science
Jen-Ta Shih, Chun-Lin Kuo, Tsu-Te Yeh, Hsain-Chung Shen, Ru-Yu Pan, Chia-Chun Wu
BACKGROUND: The ideal treatment for comminuted intraarticular calcaneal fractures is still debated. Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is the most popular surgical procedure; however, wound complications, implant choice, and infection remain major concerns. This study aimed to demonstrate the results of an innovative, minimally invasive surgical procedure, namely, a closed reduction technique using large-diameter Steinmann pins and percutaneous calcaneoplasty using injectable calcium sulfate cement (MIIG X3, Wright Medical Technology, Inc...
March 9, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Sydney C Karnovsky, Bridget Desandis, Andrea K Papson, Quinn O'Malley, Robert DiGiacomo, Martin J O'Malley, Taylor N Cabe, Mark C Drakos
BACKGROUND: Tibialis anterior tendon ruptures are rare and can cause significant dysfunction. Often, conservative measures are prescribed because of the morbidity of a tendon transfer as an operative solution. We present a novel reconstruction technique using hamstring autograft, which may obviate the need for local tendon transfer and long-term bracing. METHODS: Patients who underwent tibialis anterior reconstruction with hamstring autograft between 2011 and 2015 were screened for inclusion...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
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