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Correction of clubfoot relapse using Ilizarov's apparatus in children 8–15 years old

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Treatment of relapsed or neglected clubfeet between the age of 8–15 years is at present unsatisfactory. Correction by triple arthrodesis with wedge osteotomies is not possible before the end of skeletal maturation. This caused us to use Ilizarov's external fixator, which made it possible to correct all components of clubfoot simultaneously by continuous guided distraction. Thirteen feet in 12 children were treated. A plantigrade foot was achieved in all cases. All patients were able to wear ready-made shoes. Complications were some slight and two severe pin track infections, temporary edema, and two relapses successfully treated by means of second procedures.

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Franke, J., Grill, F., Hein, G. et al. Correction of clubfoot relapse using Ilizarov's apparatus in children 8–15 years old. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg 110, 33–37 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00431363

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