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Achilles lengthening/posterior tibial tenotomy with immediate weightbearing for patients with significant comorbidities.

AbstractBACKGROUND:
Fixed equinovarus deformities can be challenging to treat especially in medically debilitated patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate Achilles lengthening with posterior tibial tenotomy and immediate weightbearing in this difficult group of patients.
MATERIALS AND METHODS:
Thirteen extremities in 10 patients underwent Achilles lengthening and posterior tibial tenotomy for fixed equinovarus deformities with significant medical comorbidities. Pre- and postoperative ambulatory status and deformities were noted.
RESULTS:
Average age at the time of surgery was 65 with an average duration of deformity 6.3 years. The average equinus corrected from 26 degrees to 1.2 degrees and the average varus deformity improved from -8.5 degrees to 2.7 degrees. All patients except one who was wheelchair-bound had a significant improvement in ambulatory status.
CONCLUSION:
Achilles lengthening with posterior tibial tenotomy allowed for immediate postoperative weightbearing with improvement in deformity and ambulatory status in this complicated patient group.
AuthorsJohn C Redfern, David B Thordarson
JournalFoot & ankle international (Foot Ankle Int) Vol. 29 Issue 3 Pg. 325-8 (Mar 2008) ISSN: 1071-1007 [Print] United States
PMID18348830 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
Topics
  • Achilles Tendon (surgery)
  • Aged
  • Clubfoot (complications, rehabilitation, surgery)
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manipulation, Orthopedic
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight-Bearing

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