Is intraoperative pedography helpful in clinical use--preliminary results of 100 cases from a consecutive, prospective, randomized, controlled clinical study.

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess the clinical use, and to analyze the potential clinical benefit of intraoperative pedography (IP) in a sufficient number of cases in comparison with cases treated without IP. METHODS Patients (age 18 years and older) which sustained an arthrodesis and/or correction of the foot and ankle were included. RESULTS One hundred cases were included (ankle correction arthrodesis, n=12; subtalar joint correction arthrodesis, n=14; arthrodesis without correction midfoot, n=15; correction arthrodesis midfoot, n=26; correction forefoot, n=33). Fifty-two patients were randomized for the use of IP. In 24 of the 52 patients (46%), the correction was modified after IP during the same operation. CONCLUSIONS In 46% of the cases a modification of the surgical correction was made after IP in the same surgical procedure. Whether IP improve the plantar force distribution of the foot and the mid- or long-term clinical outcome has to be critically analyzed when longer follow-up is completed.

DOI: 10.1016/j.fas.2009.03.002

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@article{Richter2009IsIP, title={Is intraoperative pedography helpful in clinical use--preliminary results of 100 cases from a consecutive, prospective, randomized, controlled clinical study.}, author={Martinus Richter and Stefan Zech}, journal={Foot and ankle surgery : official journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons}, year={2009}, volume={15 4}, pages={198-204} }