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Patients with most severe flatfoot deformity report most gains from corrective surgery

Orthopedics Today reports on an HSS study presented at American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2021 annual meeting by Scott J. Ellis, MD, foot and ankle surgeon, and Matthew Conti, MD, chief resident, finding patients with severe flatfoot deformity report the most gains from corrective surgery.

The data showed that that preoperative patient-reported outcomes measure information system, known as PROMIS, scores are predictive of 2-year postoperative improvement in patients with flexible adult-acquired foot deformity.

Dr. Ellis explained, “Once the foot starts collapsing, it never uncollapses, and the worry is that over time the ligaments will continue to stretch, the foot will flatten, and the pain will increase.”

Read the full article at Healio.com/news/orthopedics. Additional coverage: Healthday.com.