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Daniel Torino, Samir Mehta
The role of fibular fixation in patients with distal tibia fractures is controversial. Although the stability of the fibula is critical in patients with syndesmotic instability or highly comminuted pilon fractures, fibular fixation in extraarticular distal tibia fractures or elementary intraarticular distal tibia fractures is more controversial. Biomechanical studies, as performed in sawbones or cadaveric models, denote advantages to fibular fixation with respect to specific uniplanar motion. However, the increased stability is susceptible to the fracture pattern of the tibia, fixation strategy for the tibia, fixation strategy for the fibula, and loading pattern of the entire construct...
November 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
N Harrasser, K Eichelberg, F Pohlig, H Waizy, A Toepfer, R von Eisenhart-Rothe
Because of their frequency, ankle sprains are of major clinical and economic importance. The simple sprain with uneventful healing has to be distinguished from the potentially complicated sprain which is at risk of transition to chronic ankle instability. Conservative treatment is indicated for the acute, simple ankle sprain without accompanying injuries and also in cases of chronic instability. If conservative treatment fails, good results can be achieved by anatomic ligament reconstruction of the lateral ankle ligaments...
October 13, 2016: Der Orthopäde
Andrew R Hsu, Robert B Anderson
Physicians need to be aware of a variety of foot and ankle injuries that commonly occur in American football, including turf toe, Jones fractures, Lisfranc injuries, syndesmotic and deltoid disruption, and Achilles ruptures. These injuries are often complex and require early individual tailoring of treatment and rehabilitation protocols. Successful management and return to play requires early diagnosis, a thorough work-up, and prompt surgical intervention when warranted with meticulous attention to restoration of normal foot and ankle anatomy...
September 2016: American Journal of Orthopedics
Marie-Lyne Nault, Melissa Marien, Jonah Hébert-Davies, G Yves Laflamme, Vincent Pelsser, Dominique M Rouleau, Nayla Gosselin-Papadopoulos, Stéphane Leduc
BACKGROUND: Despite the common occurrence of syndesmotic injuries in ankle trauma, the distal tibiofibular relationship remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anatomical impact of ankle sagittal positioning on the tibiofibular relationship in intact ankles by using a validated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based measurement system. METHODS: In this radiologic study, 34 healthy volunteers underwent a series of ankle MRIs with the ankle stabilized in 3 positions: neutral position (NP), dorsiflexion (DF), and plantarflexion (PF)...
October 12, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Jason M Schon, Brady T Williams, Melanie B Venderley, Grant J Dornan, Jonathon D Backus, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade, Thomas O Clanton
BACKGROUND: Historically, syndesmosis injuries have been repaired with screw fixation; however, some suggest that suture-button constructs may provide a more accurate anatomic and physiologic reduction. The purpose of this study was to compare changes in the volume of the syndesmotic space following screw or suture-button fixation using a preinjury and postoperative 3-D computed tomography (CT) model. The null hypothesis was that no difference would be observed among repair techniques...
October 12, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Fabian Wong, Rebecca Mills, Nadeem Mushtaq, Roland Walker, Samrendu K Singh, Ali Abbasian
INTRODUCTION: Various methods using CT scan have been described to diagnose distal tibiofibular syndesmotic injuries. However, CT scan does not take into account the amount of cartilage within the distal tibiofibular joint and could therefore lead to false positive results. We present the first study correlating the findings of the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis on CT and MRI scans. METHODS: CT and MRI scan of consecutive patients over a period of 18 months, and of a time lapsed less than 12 months between the two imaging modalities, were reviewed...
June 23, 2016: Foot
Thomas O Clanton, Brady T Williams, Jonathon D Backus, Grant J Dornan, Daniel J Liechti, Scott R Whitlow, Adriana J Saroki, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: Biomechanical data and contributions to ankle joint stability have been previously reported for the individual distal tibiofibular ligaments. These results have not yet been validated based on recent anatomic descriptions or using current biomechanical testing devices. METHODS: Eight matched-pair, lower leg specimens were tested using a dynamic, biaxial testing machine. The proximal tibiofibular joint and the medial and lateral ankle ligaments were left intact...
September 28, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Thomas O Clanton, Scott R Whitlow, Brady T Williams, Daniel J Liechti, Jonathon D Backus, Grant J Dornan, Adriana J Saroki, Travis Lee Turnbull, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: Significant debate exists regarding optimal repair for unstable syndesmosis injuries. Techniques range from screw fixation, suture-button fixation, or a combination of the two. In this study, 3 common repairs were compared using a simulated weightbearing protocol with internal and external rotation of the foot. METHODS: Twenty-four lower leg specimens with mean age 54 years (range, 38-68 years) were used for testing. Following creation of a complete syndesmotic injury (AITFL, ITFL, PITFL, interosseous membrane), specimens were repaired using 1 of 3 randomly assigned techniques: (1) one 3...
September 25, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Jiri Marvan, Valer Dzupa, Martin Krbec, Jiri Skala-Rosenbaum, Radek Bartoska, David Kachlik, Vaclav Baca
INTRODUCTION: Ankle fractures comprise a highly morphologically and etiologically diverse group of injuries, which includes various degrees of impairment of bone and ligamentous structures. The complete synostosis and incomplete bony bridging of tibiofibular syndesmosis are among the local late complications after surgically treated ankle fractures. PATIENTS AND METHOD: 269 patients were evaluated, including 203 patients with Weber type-B fractures, and 66 patients with Weber type-C fractures...
September 7, 2016: Injury
Paul J Switaj, Daniel Fuchs, Mohammed Alshouli, Avinash G Patwardhan, Leonard I Voronov, Muturi Muriuki, Robert M Havey, Anish R Kadakia
BACKGROUND: A lateral approach with open reduction and internal fixation with a plate is a very effective technique for the majority of distal fibular fractures. However, this open approach for ankle fixation may be complicated by wound dehiscence and infection, especially in high-risk patients. An alternative to plating is an intramedullary implant, which allows maintenance of length, alignment, and rotation and which allows for decreased soft tissue dissection. While there has been clinical data suggesting favorable short-term outcomes with these implants, there is no current biomechanical literature investigating this technology in this particular fracture pattern...
2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Marie-Lyne Nault, Laurence Gascon, Jonah Hébert-Davies, Stéphane Leduc, G Yves Laflamme, Dennis Kramer
BACKGROUND: The hypothesis of this study is that a sprain or tear of 1 or more of the 3 syndesmotic ligaments will result in a significant change in the osseous anatomy relationship when comparing injured to uninjured syndesmosis. Our secondary objective was to determine whether injuries to the syndesmosis as diagnosed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be found using static imaging. METHODS: This is a descriptive radiological study of ankle MRI reports over a 12-year period, from 2 different institutions, and divided in two groups: normal and injured syndesmotic ligaments...
September 13, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Douglas E Lucas, B Collier Watson, G Alex Simpson, Gregory C Berlet, Christopher F Hyer
: Ankle fractures are a common injury treated by orthopaedic surgeons. The distal tibiofibular syndesmosis can be injured during these fractures as well as in isolation. They pose a significant challenge with regard to the diagnosis of instability as well as evaluating reduction after fixation. Multiple studies have demonstrated that traditional radiographic analysis fails to accurately identify syndesmotic diastasis, instability, or malreduction. Ankle arthroscopy has been proposed as an alternative way to evaluate the syndesmosis...
September 9, 2016: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Kaitlin C Neary, Matthew A Mormino, Hongmei Wang
BACKGROUND: In stress-positive, unstable supination-external rotation type 4 (SER IV) ankle fractures, implant selection for syndesmotic fixation is a debated topic. Among the available syndesmotic fixation methods, the metallic screw and the suture button have been routinely compared in the literature. In addition to strength of fixation and ability to anatomically restore the syndesmosis, costs associated with implant use have recently been called into question. PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine the cost-effectiveness of the suture button and determine whether suture button fixation is more cost-effective than two 3...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
M Bondi, N Rossi, A Pizzoli, L Renzi Brivio
PURPOSE: Ten percentage of all ankle fractures sustain an associated syndesmotic injury. TightRope is a relatively new technique for syndesmosis fixation, characterized by a non-absorbable FibreWire held tight between two cortical metal buttons. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the results obtained with the use of this device. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 54 patients with ankle diastases were treated. Eighteen patients were excluded from the study...
August 27, 2016: Musculoskeletal Surgery
Onur Kocadal, Mehmet Yucel, Murad Pepe, Ertugrul Aksahin, Cem Nuri Aktekin
BACKGROUND: Among the most important predictors of functional results of treatment of syndesmotic injuries is the accurate restoration of the syndesmotic space. The purpose of this study was to investigate the reduction performance of screw fixation and suture-button techniques using images obtained from computed tomography (CT) scans. METHODS: Patients at or below 65 years who were treated with screw or suture-button fixation for syndesmotic injuries accompanying ankle fractures between January 2012 and March 2015 were retrospectively reviewed in our regional trauma unit...
August 16, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Kalpesh R Vaghela, Hans Clement, Lee Parker
BACKGROUND: Open surgical access to the postero-lateral talar dome for the treatment of osteochondral lesions is challenging, often requiring a segmental osteotomy of the fibula (fibular window) and division of the anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament (AITFL) or a fibular osteotomy with division of the AITFL and the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) (fibular door). Alternatively, to preserve the tibiofibular syndesmosis both the fibula and the lateral tibial plafond can be osteotomised to expose the entire lateral talar dome...
September 2016: Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Clifford B Jones, Alex Gilde, Debra L Sietsema
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 6, 2015: JBJS Rev
Jun Endo, Satoshi Yamaguchi, Masahiko Saito, Tsuguo Morikawa, Ryuichiro Akagi, Takahisa Sasho
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate time-dependent changes in the syndesmotic reduction after syndesmotic screw fixation and one year after screw removal for ankle malleolar fractures, and to assess whether the incidence of syndesmotic malreduction changes depending on the measurement method. METHODS: We assessed twenty patients who underwent syndesmotic screw fixation for ankle fractures. The syndesmotic screws were removed after six weeks of the fracture surgery. Syndesmotic reduction was assessed within two weeks of the fracture surgery and one year after the screw removal using the axial computer tomographic images...
October 2016: Injury
William W Schairer, Benedict U Nwachukwu, David M Dare, Mark C Drakos
Standalone open reduction-internal fixation (ORIF) of unstable ankle fractures is the current standard of care. Intraoperative stress radiographs are useful for assessing the extent of ligamentous disruption, but arthroscopic visualization has been shown to be more accurate. Concomitant arthroscopy at the time of ankle fracture ORIF is useful for accurately diagnosing and managing syndesmotic and deltoid ligament injuries. The arthroscopic ankle drive-through sign is characterized by the ability to pass a 2...
April 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
Robert F Ostrum, Matthew C Avery
Rotational ankle fractures are incredibly common, resulting in a wide spectrum of bony and ligamentous injury patterns. After open reduction of an ankle fracture, the treating surgeon must always evaluate syndesmotic stability. If the syndesmosis is determined to be unstable, a reduction of the distal tibiofibular joint should be performed. Failure to adequately identify and treat injuries to the syndesmosis may result in continued ankle instability and poor patient outcomes. Lateral fluoroscopic images are necessary to assess a closed reduction of the syndesmosis before stabilization, although the accuracy of this tool has been questioned in several studies...
August 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
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