Evidence-Based Medicine of Arthroscopy and Endoscopy of the Foot and Ankle
Arthroscopy of the ankle was firstly introduced for experimental evaluation of the joint by Burman in 1931 , who carried out a cadaver study to show effectiveness of rudimental arthroscopic techniques. However, widespread clinical use was observed only in the 1970s, as technical difficulties in exploring such a narrow joint space were overcame only with technological progress. In 1972, Watanabe, after having developed knee arthroscopy, described a series of 24 patients who had undergone anterior ankle arthroscopy .
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