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Osteomyelitis of the calcaneus combined with a pathologic fracture is a rare and difficult presentation for any practicing foot and ankle surgeon. Treatment for achieving an aseptic nonunion involves a variety of steps, including surgical debridement, antibiotic administration, and fracture stabilization. In this case series, we report a novel technique for the treatment of a tongue-type calcaneal fracture in the setting of chronic osteomyelitis using the Biomet JuggerLoc bone-to-bone system for fixation.
We reviewed the use of compression staples made of the memory metal alloy nitinol for fixation in foot surgery. A retrospective study was performed of 31 feet in 27 patients who underwent arthrodesis or an osteotomy fixated using compression staples. OSStaples (BME, San Antonio, Texas) were used in 18 feet, and Memodyn staples (Telos Medical, Fallston, Maryland) were used in 13 feet. A total of 48 compression staples were implanted. The following procedures were performed and fixated using compression staples: 15 Akin osteotomies, 2 first metatarsal base epiphysiodeses, 3 first metatarsal–cuneiform fusions, 2 naviculocuneiform fusions, 3 calcaneocuboid fusions, 4 talonavicular fusions, 3 subtalar joint fusions, and 2 Evans osteotomies. In our clinical experience, compression staples provide an adequate source of internal fixation in foot surgery. Good bone apposition and stabilization and compression of the bone surfaces before staple fixation are important when using staple fixation to promote an optimal environment for bone healing. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 96(2): 102–106, 2006)
The first metatarsophalangeal joint is the most common location for arthritis in the foot. Pain and limited mobility associated with arthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint are the hallmarks of this disease. Treatments include shoe modification, orthotic devices, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, injections, physical therapy, and surgery. Surgery has been the most perplexing, with surgical treatments ranging from simple ostectomies to fusion of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. Implant arthroplasty, with its various designs and techniques, has yet to be proven as the definitive solution for first metatarsophalangeal joint arthritis or hallux limitus (unlike the knee and hip). Interpositional arthroplasty and tissue-engineered cartilage grafts also have limitations when dealing with osteoarthritis and hallux limitus of the first metatarsophalangeal joint. In this case report, we present a 45-year-old woman with arthritis of the left first metatarsophalangeal joint who underwent surgical intervention by means of a frozen osteochondral allograft transplant to the first metatarsal head.
A single prospective group study in adults was performed using a new bioabsorbable screw, the NuGen Fx screw (Linvatec Biomaterials Ltd, Tampere, Finland). This multisite study included five sites and 50 patients (10 patients per site). The goal of this study was to evaluate the efficiency and safety of the NuGen Fx screw system in the fixation of osteotomies, arthrodeses, and fractures in the foot and ankle. We discuss our own results from 12 patients treated at the Kentucky Podiatric Residency Program at Norton Audubon Hospital, Louisville. The number of patients in the study, screw sizes, instrumentation, radiologic evaluation findings, and our overview of this implant are presented. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 96(1): 73–77, 2006)
Metastasis to the foot is rarely presented in the literature. We describe a 56-year-old woman with nonspecific pain in the left foot, ankle, and knee for 3 months. The patient was diagnosed as having urothelial carcinoma with metastasis to the left lower extremity, including the foot. This diagnosis was reached through the combined efforts of radiologic techniques and biopsies. This case discusses the importance of paying close attention to the details of the history and physical examination, performing appropriate tests, and obtaining suitable referrals. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 103(4): 340–343, 2013)