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Many techniques of ankle arthrodesis have been described. Failure rates of up to 40% have been reported in the past. In this study, a technique for internal fixation of ankle fusions was employed using transarticular crossed-screw fixation. This provides bony coaptation, compression, and immobilization necessary for reliable union. Thirty-five patients had(More)
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is defined as entrapment of the posterior tibial nerve at the level of the ankle. The syndrome has been associated with traumatic inflammatory etiologies. The diagnosis is made clinically by the presence of dysesthesia in the distribution of the medial and lateral plantar nerves, a positive Tinel's sign, paresthesias with compression(More)
We reviewed thirty-two arthrodeses of the ankle in twenty-six patients who had rheumatoid arthritis. In seventeen patients (eighteen ankles), a compression arthrodesis was done and external fixation was used. In eight patients (twelve ankles), we used internal fixation with 6.5-millimeter cancellous-bone screws. In the remaining patient, an arthrodesis with(More)
Twenty-two canine femora were injected with PMMA cement at pressures varying between 0.2 and 1.3 MPa. Sections cut from the femora were tested in bending in several planes and under axial loading. Cement penetration was determined for each section. The bending and axial stiffness values were correlated with the cement penetration values. Both bending and(More)
Scanning electron microscope examination of the polyethylene components of 8 total hip and 16 total knee prostheses which had been implanted 4--96 months revealed that in many cases severe wear may not necessarily be caused by the presence of acrylic cement debris or other abrasives. The craters and cracks observed on severely worn surfaces are associated(More)
Splint lamination is often used to strengthen a plaster cast while minimizing its thickness and weight. We evaluated the following lamination configurations to determine the effectiveness of each relative to a 3-mm-thick short leg cast: anterior-posterior splints, medial-lateral splints, and an anteriorly placed fin. Theoretical stiffness was calculated as(More)
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