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The Foot and Ankle in Sport: Modern perspectives (Part II)

Maffulli, Nicola MD, MS, PhD, FRCS(Orth)

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review: September 2009 - Volume 17 - Issue 3 - p 148
doi: 10.1097/JSA.0b013e3181b49106
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As anticipated, here we are for more. The first issue on sports problems in the foot and ankle seems to have encountered the favor of readers; this issue, part II of the series, explores additional aspects of this emerging field. The reader is treated to articles on a variety of conditions: disorders of the toes, which, when they hit our athletes, are particularly difficult to tackle; imaging techniques; compartment syndromes; and advanced endoscopic and arthroscopic techniques.

In a world where early return to elite sports activity is demanded, minimally invasive surgical techniques seem to hold much promise. The use of advanced endoscopic techniques is challenging. This issue presents details on the use of both an established technique and a novel technique, which allows access to the posterior compartment of the ankle with the patient supine. Although technical advances are eye catching, the next frontier is surely a thorough understanding of biology and how to best exploit it to our advantage. In this issue, this topic is tackled as well.

Combined, this issue and its predecessor present an unmissable overview of the present state of foot and ankle problems in sports and the advances that will take us into the future of the field.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.