Ankle joint pressure in pes cavovarus

Krause, F; Windolf, M; Schwieger, K; Weber, M (2007). Ankle joint pressure in pes cavovarus. Journal of bone and joint surgery - British volume, 89(12), pp. 1660-5. London: British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery 10.1302/0301-620X.89B12.19849

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A cavovarus foot deformity was simulated in cadaver specimens by inserting metallic wedges of 15 degrees and 30 degrees dorsally into the first tarsometatarsal joint. Sensors in the ankle joint recorded static tibiotalar pressure distribution at physiological load. The peak pressure increased significantly from neutral alignment to the 30 degrees cavus deformity, and the centre of force migrated medially. The anterior migration of the centre of force was significant for both the 15 degrees (repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA), p = 0.021) and the 30 degrees (repeated measures ANOVA, p = 0.007) cavus deformity. Differences in ligament laxity did not influence the peak pressure. These findings support the hypothesis that the cavovarus foot deformity causes an increase in anteromedial ankle joint pressure leading to anteromedial arthrosis in the long term, even in the absence of lateral hindfoot instability.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Krause, Fabian and Weber, Martin






British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery




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04 Oct 2013 14:57

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05 Dec 2022 14:17

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