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Study links ROM after calcaneal fracture with patient-reported function, quality of reduction

By Monica Jaramillo

Results of this study correlated the postoperative subtalar range of motion in patients who underwent open surgery for calcaneal fractures with Foot and Ankle Disability Index and SF-36 physical component summary scores and the subtalar joint quality of reduction as analyzed on postoperative CT scans.

Six months after open reduction and internal fixation, 13 patients with calcaneal fractures underwent gait analysis with the Oxford foot model. Results were then compared with 17 healthy patients and eight patients who underwent subtler arthrodesis. Investigators collected American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Ankle Hindfoot Scale, Foot and Ankle Disability Index (FADI), SF-36 and VAS pain scores. Two independent observers evaluated preoperative and postoperative radiographs and CT scans.

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