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Read articles referenced in the December 3 issue of FIX below or search the archives

Arthroscopic Versus Open Ankle Fusion

A new meta-analysis includes a review of contemporary literature comparing open and arthroscopic ankle fusions. A total of 13 studies (including n = 994 participants) met the inclusion criteria. There were no significant differences in fusion rates, although hospital stays and overall complications were less in the arthroscopic group.


A new ankle fusion nail with Peyronie’s 😀


The Shotel™ Ankle Arthrodesis Nail System, a new curved intramedullary (IM) nail for isolated ankle fusion, is the newest entry to the IM foot and ankle market. Released with the goal of offering an alternative to the standard screw fixation for stabilizing the ankle arthrodesis, its medial approach with multiple lock screws makes for an interesting X-ray.




More Achilles Tendon Turmoil

by Vince Vacketta, DPM


Since the infamous Aaron Rodgers Achilles rupture on Sept. 11, we have seen a litany of similar tendon injuries amongst athletes within the NFL. This past weekend, for example, marked the fall of another two more NFL players who sustained season-ending Achilles tendon ruptures while playing on artificial turf. These once-called "freak" non-contact injuries now seem to be an all-too-common occurrence which has the NFLPA calling for the removal of artificial turf.  


Is turf really to blame?


Players are now publicly bashing the new turf fields, and ultimately, research appears to support their claims. From as late as 2018, data demonstrates a 16% increase in overall injuries to athletes playing on artificial turf surfaces versus grass and an even greater uptick in foot and ankle specific injuries and non-contact injuries when playing on turf. While this is just one study, the number of player injuries is increasing more and more. 


Stay tuned as the NFL and NFLPA attempt to find common ground between budget and athlete safety.

Cool Kicks for the Foot Surgeon

Whether you're a high-performance athlete or a diehard sneakerhead foot surgeon, the Nike Adapt BB self-lacing basketball shoe is a must-have this holiday season.


The tech


At first glance, it may seem like any other another athletic sneaker, but when you step into the Nike Adapt BB, you’ll see how its technology accommodates fluctuations in foot size changes that occur during sports. It also features a gear-driven lacing system that not only helps maintain support and comfort but can be monitored through KIX Stats tracking. Several NBA players have competed wearing the shoes. 


How much?


Want to buy yourself a pair of these sweet shoes as a Christmas gift? Expect to pay around $400 – if you can find them, that is.

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