Nov 29, 2021
It is currently unclear how injury to the spring ligament (SL) affects the preoperative presentation of adult acquired flatfoot deformity (AAFD) or the outcome of operative reconstruction. The purposes of this study were to assess the preoperative features and pre- or postoperative function of patients who underwent direct operative repair of an SL tear compared to those without a tear.
In conclusion, increasing patient age, increasing talonavicular uncoverage percentage, and decreasing talonavicular angle are all independently associated with increased likelihood of patients with AAFD having an SL tear. At follow-up for operative treatment of grade 2B AAFD flatfoot with our approach, we found no clinical outcomes difference between those without SL tears and those with SL tears treated with concomitant SL debridement and repair.
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