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Reconstruction of the symptomatic idiopathic flatfoot in adolescents and young adults.
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PMID:  21477539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The surgical indications, timing, and procedure for flexible flatfoot reconstruction in young patients remains controversial. This retrospective study reports the clinical results of reconstruction of flexible, idiopathic, symptomatic flatfoot in adolescent and young adults indicated for surgery by persistent pain and functional limitations. The hypothesis was that the results of these procedures allow patients to return to sports activities with minimal discomfort or pain.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixteen consecutive idiopathic flatfeet in ten patients with a mean age of 15.6 years at the time of surgery (range, 10 to 22) were assessed at a final followup visit at average of 5.2 (range, 2 to 10) years. Reconstruction included combined medializing calcaneal osteotomy and lateral column lengthening in all 16 patients. Flexor digitorum longus transfer (nine), medial column stabilization (eight), and gastroncnemius recession (eight) were carried out as needed. The AOFAS, SF-36, and FAOS questionnaires were completed. Sports activity and patient satisfaction were also assessed. Standard preoperative and postoperative radiographic parameters were measured.
RESULTS: The mean AOFAS score increased on average from 49.1 to 93.4. Only one patient reported a postoperative restriction in sports. The satisfaction level was excellent in 15 feet and good in one foot. Significant improvement in radiographic parameters was noted for the AP talonavicular coverage angle (p < 0.001) and lateral talar-first metatarsal angle (p < 0.001).
CONCLUSION: Flexible flatfoot reconstruction in a cohort of symptomatic adolescent and young adult patients achieved a reduction of pain and improved functional outcome including the ability to participate in sporting activities.
Irvin Oh; Benjamin R Williams; Scott J Ellis; Duck Joo Kwon; Jonathan T Deland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Foot & ankle international     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1071-1007     ISO Abbreviation:  Foot Ankle Int     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-11     Completed Date:  2011-05-25     Revised Date:  2014-08-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433869     Medline TA:  Foot Ankle Int     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  225-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Calcaneus / surgery
Flatfoot / radiography,  surgery*
Follow-Up Studies
Muscle, Skeletal / surgery
Orthopedic Procedures
Patient Satisfaction
Retrospective Studies
Tendons / surgery
Treatment Outcome
Young Adult

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