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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
Busra Candan, Soner Albay
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to determine of cutaneous innervation of dorsum of the foot on fetal cadavers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study 200 limbs from 100 embalmed fetuses (54 males and 46 females) were studied in Anatomy Laboratory. Contributions of medial, lateral and intermediate dorsal cutaneous nerves (MDCN, LDCN and IDCN) of the foot were identified. FINDINGS: Cutaneous innervation of dorsum of the foot was classified into five Types...
March 3, 2018: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
T Grieser
CLINICAL ISSUE: Both benign and malignant tumours are encountered in the foot and ankle. Due to their rarity, however, diagnosis is often uncertain. Usual criteria such as tumour size, invasiveness or pain fail to differentiate benign from malignant neoplasias. STANDARD RADIOLOGICAL METHODS: Plain radiography and-due to the complex foot anatomy-CT are important in the diagnostic evaluation of primary bone tumours. In the case of soft tissue tumours, ultrasonography is used to identify ganglion cysts...
February 28, 2018: Der Radiologe
Andrzej Boszczyk, Sławomir Kwapisz, Martin Krümmel, Rene Grass, Stefan Rammelt
BACKGROUND: The study aims at comparing the bony anatomy of the syndesmosis in patients who sustained a high fibular fracture with syndesmosis disruption and that of the non-injured population. We hypothesised that there are certain anatomical features making the syndesmosis susceptible to injury. METHODS: The CT examinations of 75 patients who sustained a high fibular fracture with syndesmosis disruption and control group of 75 patients with unrelated foot problems were compared...
August 16, 2017: Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Kamila Mortka, Przemysław Lisiński, Agnieszka Wiertel-Krawczuk
BACKGROUND: Hallux valgus is a common foot disorder. In patients with hallux valgus, the anatomy and biomechanics of foot is subject to alterations. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this clinical and neurophysiological study is to compare the activity of abductor hallucis (AbdH) muscle between the group of patients with hallux valgus and control group of healthy people, with the use of surface electromyography. METHODS: The study involved 44 feet with diagnosed hallux valgus (research group) and 42 feet without deformation (control group)...
January 26, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Rose E Cortina, Brandon L Morris, Bryan G Vopat
Metatarsalgia is a common cause of plantar forefoot pain. Causes of metatarsalgia include foot anatomy, gait mechanics, and foot and ankle deformity. One specific cause, mechanical metatarsalgia, occurs because of gastrocnemius muscle contracture, which overloads the forefoot. Muscular imbalance of the gastrocnemius complex alters gait mechanics, which increases recruitment of the toe extensor musculature, thereby altering forefoot pressure. Patients with concomitant metatarsalgia and gastrocnemius contracture demonstrate ankle equinus and a positive Silfverskiold test...
March 2018: Foot and Ankle Clinics
N Seyidova, L Hirtler, R Windhager, R Schuh, M Willegger
INTRODUCTION: The peroneus brevis tendon (PBT) inserts into the proximal aspect of the 5th metatarsal. Metatarsal bone fractures are encountered to be the most common fractures in the foot with predominantly fractures at the base of the fifth metatarsal bone. Mechanism of injury and treatment of the proximal 5th metatarsal fractures vary due to the complex anatomy and diverse biomechanical properties. The purpose of this study was to analyze the footprint of the PBT with regards to the proximal 5th metatarsal fractures and to define a "safe zone" for hook plate placement...
January 8, 2018: Injury
Benedict Swartman, Dirk Frere, Wei Wei, Marc Schnetzke, Stephan Grechenig, Amir Matityahu, Nils Beisemann, Holger Keil, Jochen Franke, Paul Alfred Grützner, Sven Yves Vetter
BACKGROUND: Indirect screw fixation of the sustentaculum tali in the lateral-medial direction can be challenging due to the complex calcaneal anatomy. A novel 2-dimensional (2D) projection-based software application detects Kirschner wires (K-wires) and visualizes their intended direction as a colored trajectory. The aim of this prospectively randomized cadaver study was to investigate whether the software would facilitate the indirect K-wire placement in the sustentaculum tali. METHODS: In 20 cadaver foot specimens, K-wires were placed indirectly in the sustentaculum tali by an experienced and an inexperienced surgeon, with and without using the application...
January 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Allyson R Alfonso, James L Mayo, Vishal K Sharma, Robert J Allen, Ernest S Chiu
BACKGROUND: Plantar foot reconstruction requires special consideration of both form and function. There are several fasciocutaneous flap options, each with indications and reservations. CASE STUDY: This case presents a new application of the vertical profunda artery perforator flap for definitive closure of a neuropathic foot ulcer in a young woman with spina bifida. The postoperative course was uneventful, and the flap survived completely. The surgical and donor sites were without wound recurrence at 5-month follow-up...
February 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Morgan E Chaney, Tung V Dao, Benjamin S Brechtel, Stephanie J Belovich, Kathy J Siesel, John R Fredieu
In addition to the fibularis longus and brevis muscles, a number of anomalous muscles or tendons can arise from the lateral compartment of the leg. The authors describe a bilateral and robust fibularis digiti quinti (FDQ) tendon present in the foot of a 99-year-old female cadaver, present the incidence of this tendon in a cohort of 26 cadavers dissected by podiatric-medical students for a lower-extremity anatomy course, and discuss the anthropological and clinical significance of the findings. In these specimen, the FDQ tendon arose from the fibularis brevis tendon proximal to the lateral malleolus, but did not separate completely from the fibularis brevis tendon until passing through the inferior fibular retinaculum...
December 5, 2017: Foot
Nick N Patel, Sameh A Labib
Ultrasonography is an inexpensive, fast, and reliable imaging technique widely used to assess the Achilles tendon. Although significant data exists regarding pathologic tendon changes, ultrasound data from healthy individuals are more limited. We aimed to better characterize ultrasound Achilles tendon measurements in healthy individuals and identify important correlating factors. The information collected included patient demographics, body habitus, activity level, foot dominance, and resting ankle angle. Ultrasound analysis was performed bilaterally on the Achilles tendons of 50 subjects using a high-frequency transducer to measure tendon width, thickness, cross-sectional area, and length...
March 2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Martinus Richter, Francois Lintz, Stefan Zech, Stefan Andreas Meissner
BACKGROUND: A customized pedography sensor (Pliance; Novel, Munich, Germany) was inserted into a pedCAT (Curvebeam, Warrington, PA). The aim of this study was to analyze the relative position of the anatomical foot center (FC) and the pedographic center of gravity (COG). The hypothesis was that FC should be a good predictor of mediolateral position of COG but not longitudinal since hindfoot anatomy allows free anteroposterior movement but limited mediolateral movement. METHODS: In 90 patients (180 feet), a pedCAT scan with simultaneous pedography with full weightbearing in a standing position was performed...
December 1, 2017: Foot & Ankle International
R García Jiménez, F J García-Gómez, E Noriega Álvarez, C Calvo Morón, J J Martín-Marcuartu
Disorders of the foot and ankle are some of the most frequent ones affecting the musculoskeletal system and have a great impact on patients' quality of life. Accurate diagnosis is an important clinical challenge because of the complex anatomy and function of the foot, that make it difficult to locate the source of the pain by routine clinical examination. In the study of foot pathology, anatomical imaging (radiography, magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], ultrasound and computed tomography [CT]) and functional imaging (bone scan, positron emission tomography [PET] and MRI) techniques have been used...
December 6, 2017: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
Alvaro Iborra, Manuel Villanueva, Stephen L Barrett, Edgardo Rodriguez-Collazo, Pablo Sanz
OBJECTIVES: High-resolution ultrasonography (US) can play an important role in studying nerves, as it has several advantages. Entrapments of distal tibial nerve branches can be mapped out or diagnosed with selective anesthetic blocks, and US can guide therapeutic procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation and selective infiltrations of specific nerve branches. The aim of this study was to verify that US is an effective method for accurately locating the posterior tibial nerve and its terminal branches, such as the medial calcaneal branch, the first calcaneal branch, and the medial and lateral plantar nerves...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Koen Dullaert, Jennifer E Hagen, Paul Simons, Florian Gras, Boyko Gueorguiev, R Geoff Richards, Kajetan Klos
BACKGROUND: Collapse of the medial longitudinal arch and subluxation of the subtalar joint are common occurrences in adult flatfoot deformity. Controversy exists about the role of the tibialis posterior (TP) tendon as first and/or essential lesion. Subtle changes in the foot configuration can occur under weight bearing. PURPOSE: This human cadaveric study is designed to investigate the effect that isolated actuation of the TP tendon has on the medial longitudinal arch and the hindfoot configuration under simulated weight bearing...
December 2017: Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Bettina Pretterklieber
The quadratus plantae (QP) is a highly variable structure. A number of partly inexact descriptions of this entity have been provided in textbooks of anatomy. Although several authors have examined the QP, its exact site of origin and type of insertion have hitherto not been specified. The aim of this study has been to provide detailed qualitative and quantitative data about the number of heads, points of origin, and type of insertion of the QP. The QP in both feet of 50 formalin-fixed specimens of body donors (25 men and women) were analyzed by gross anatomical dissection...
March 2018: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
Feras J Waly, Nicholas E Yeo, Murray J Penner
Total ankle replacement (TAR) has evolved over the past decade as a treatment for end-stage ankle arthritis with improved survivorship. Despite the improving outcomes, ankle deformity represents a challenge to the foot and ankle surgeon with increased risk of implant failure. The use of preoperative computer-assisted guidance has led to better understanding the 3-dimensional ankle anatomy and associated deformities and allows for reproducible, anatomic placement of the TAR components.
January 2018: Clinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Tomoyuki Konno, Yoichi Aota, Hiroshi Kuniya, Tomoyuki Saito, Ning Qu, Shogo Hayashi, Shinichi Kawata, Masahiro Itoh
Objective: The superior cluneal nerve (SCN) may become entrapped where it pierces the thoracolumbar fascia over the iliac crest; this can cause low back pain (LBP) and referred pain radiating into the posterior thigh, calf, and occasionally the foot, producing the condition known as "pseudo-sciatica." Because the SCN was thought to be a cutaneous branch of the lumbar dorsal rami, originating from the dorsal roots of L1-L3, previous anatomical studies failed to explain why SCN causes "pseudo-sciatica"...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
Peter Mandl, David Bong, Peter V Balint, Hilde Berner Hammer, Maribel Miguel, Esperanza Naredo, Lene Terslev, Ingrid Möller
Our study provides a detailed anatomic and sonographic description of the subtalar joint, a single joint that, anatomically, is divided into the anterior subtalar joint (ASTJ) and the posterior subtalar joint (PSTJ). Cadaver specimens of the ankle and foot were examined in detail by ultrasound (US), and the subtalar joints of all the specimens were injected with colored latex of a contrasting color under US guidance. Compatible with other studies, examination of the sections revealed lack of communication between the ASTJ and the PSTJ and communication between the PSTJ and the posterior recess of the tibiotalar joint...
January 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Janek von Byern, Norbert Cyran, Waltraud Klepal, Livia Rudoll, Johannes Suppan, Sophie Greistorfer
Although gastropods have been crawling through the ocean and on the land for 60 million years, we still know very little about the sticky mucus produced in their foot. Most research has been focused on marine species in particular and, to a lesser extent, on the well-known terrestrial species Arion vulgaris and Cornu aspersum. Within this study, we aim to characterize the foot anatomy of a smaller representative of the family Helicidae, the banded snail Cepaea hortensis. We are particularly interested in the microanatomy of the foot glands, their position, and the histochemical nature of their secretory content...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Morphology
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