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VOLUME 3 , ISSUE 3 ( December, 2008 ) > List of Articles

Original Article

Relapsed clubfoot correction with soft-tissue release and selective application of Ilizarov technique

Konstantinos N. Malizos, Nikolaos E. Gougoulias, Zoe H. Dailiana, Nikolaos Rigopoulos, Theofanis Moraitis

Keywords : Clubfoot, Ilizarov, Recurrent, Relapsed, Release

Citation Information : Malizos KN, Gougoulias NE, Dailiana ZH, Rigopoulos N, Moraitis T. Relapsed clubfoot correction with soft-tissue release and selective application of Ilizarov technique. 2008; 3 (3):109-117.

DOI: 10.1007/s11751-008-0049-5

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-08-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2008; The Author(s).


The Ilizarov technique is an alternative for the treatment of complex foot deformities in children. The authors retrospectively reviewed children with relapsed clubfoot deformity, treated with soft tissue procedures and additional correction with an Ilizarov frame. Twelve consecutive patients (13 feet) with relapsed clubfoot deformity after previous surgical correction were reviewed. Treatment included open releases. An Ilizarov frame was applied as an adjunct in seven patients (mean age of 7.8 years) with severe deformity where complete intraoperative correction was not achieved. Clinical and radiographic assessment was undertaken. The mean Laaveg–Ponseti score, for the 7 feet treated with the Ilizarov frame, was 85.1 after minimum 4 years follow-up. One recurrence of forefoot deformity required metatarsal osteotomies. Postoperative radiographic measurements revealed values that can be considered as normal. Complications included pin tract infections (12% of inserted wires). Flat-topped talus was observed in 3 feet. Deformity correction was possible when soft tissue procedures were combined with the use of Ilizarov technique, in order to support and gradually improve surgical correction.

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