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Total Ankle Replacement for the Valgus Unstable Osteoarthritic Ankle

Brunner, Samuel MD; Knupp, Markus MD; Hintermann, Beat MD

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: December 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 4 - p 165–174
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e3181fc861c
Special Focus: Current and New Techniques for Total Ankle Replacement and Management of Associated Problems

Total ankle replacement in valgus unstable ankles is challenging because misalignment of the ankle, especially in combination with valgus instability, has been identified as a major deteriorating factor for the result of total ankle replacement. This article describes a treatment algorithm based on the classification of valgus unstable osteoarthritic ankles. Three types of valgus unstable ankles are differentiated with regard to the treatment.

Orthopaedic Clinic Kantonsspital, Liestal, Switzerland

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© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.