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The Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity: A Treatment Algorithm

Watson, Troy MD

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: September 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 3 - p 102–111
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e3182507a1c
Special Focus: Treatment Algorithms for Foot and Ankle Disorders, Part II

The presentation of an adult with acquired flatfoot deformity is highly variable with a wide range of foot deformities. There remains much controversy in the treatment of the flexible deformities that are moderate to severe. If conservative treatment fails, surgery is often recommended to prevent progression of the deformity and continued pain. This article presents clinical and radiographic parameters in an algorithmic approach to the surgical management.

Foot and Ankle Institute, Desert Orthopaedics Center, Las Vegas, NV

Dr Watson received nothing for writing this paper and it is not directly linked to any manufacturer of implants.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Troy Watson, MD, Foot and Ankle Institute, Desert Orthopaedics Center, 2800 Desert Road Inn, Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89121. E-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.