Alan S. Banks

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An updated and thorough review of the gastrocnemius equinus deformity and its surgical correction is presented. For the first time, a long-term retrospective study documents the overall improvement in the symptoms and architecture of the lower extremity and foot following gastrocnemius recession. Additionally, numerous associated concerns and the surgical(More)
UNLABELLED The general consensus regarding the postoperative management of patients who have undergone first metatarsophalangeal joint arthrodesis is to maintain non-weight bearing for 4 to 6 weeks. However, a number of studies indicate that immediate postoperative weight bearing does not result in a higher rate of nonunion. A retrospective case series(More)
The authors conducted a retrospective study of the release of the first branch of the lateral plantar nerve in the treatment of chronic heel pain unrelieved by conservative treatment modalities. A total of 17 patients (18 feet) were evaluated following external neurolysis for heel pain caused by entrapment of the first branch of the lateral plantar nerve.(More)
We describe the results in seven patients who underwent surgery to lengthen a short first metatarsal via callus distraction. The increased length achieved ranged from 13 to 48 mm, with an average of 20.2 mm. The technique was successful in restoring length and improving symptoms, although several complications were encountered.
Shortening of the first metatarsal has been one of the reported complications noted in association with base osteotomies. Previous studies have used radiographs as a means of assessing metatarsal length, the reliability of which has been subject to question. In this study, the authors have determined the amount of shortening that may be anticipated with a(More)
  • A S Banks
  • Journal of the American Podiatric Medical…
  • 1999
Avascular necrosis of the first metatarsal head has been reported as a potential complication associated with osteotomies at the first metatarsal head for repair of hallux abducto valgus deformity. However, most if not all of the radiographic and clinical findings associated with avascular necrosis at this level may also be explained by other processes. A(More)
UNLABELLED Heat is generated whenever osteotomies are created, Kirschner wires are inserted, holes are drilled, and when bone is reduced with a burr. Although previous investigators have determined the combination of time and temperature necessary to cause bone injury, to our knowledge, no one has yet specifically studied whether the heat generated when(More)