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Catapult splint: A foot dorsiflexion assist splint.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22017909     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Loss of dorsiflexion is a common problem in cases where an external fixator or Ilizarov assembly is applied. It results in functional impairment of the foot by affecting the swing phase of gait cycle. We devised a simple dynamic dorsiflexion assist splint for prevention, correction of equinus/cavus deformity and maintenance of normal dorsiflexion of foot.
METHODS: This prospective study used a rubber splint styled in the shape of a catapult, made of discarded car rubber tubes attached to the frame of fixator in 50 patients.
RESULTS: In 17 patients there was varying amount of loss of dorsiflexion at the time of application of splint while in 22 patients it was applied soon after the application of the fixator. In the rest of patients it was applied for cavus deformity. Out of 17 patients 10 had complete recovery of dorsiflexion. 22 patients in whom it was applied at the outset had normal range of movement at ankle. Correction was achieved in all 6 cases of cavus deformity and prevented its occurrence in the rest of 5 cases.
CONCLUSION: Catapult splint is a low cost foot dorsiflexion assist splint.
Vineet Jain; Mayank Agrawal; Anil Dhal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-02-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Foot and ankle surgery : official journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1460-9584     ISO Abbreviation:  Foot Ankle Surg     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609647     Medline TA:  Foot Ankle Surg     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  312-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 European Foot and Ankle Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Orthopaedics, School of Medical Science and Research, Sharda University, Gr. Noida, India.
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