alexa Gait asymmetry following successful surgical treatment of ankle fractures in young adults.


Rheumatology: Current Research

Author(s): Becker HP, Rosenbaum D, Kriese T, Gerngross H, Claes L

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Forty patients (mean age, 22.8 years) admitted for displaced ankle fracture were observed retrospectively to determine by clinical examination and measurement of plantar pressure distribution whether successful surgical treatment of ankle fractures led to gait symmetry, and whether intraindividual differences were related to fracture type and clinical outcome. The mean followup was 18.5 months (range, 12-36 months). The deviation of gait was quantified using a symmetry index of the total impulse. Using a clinical score, 6 patients had unsatisfactory results, and the remaining 34 had satisfactory results. The symmetry index of the good (-1.1\%) and the poor results (-2.3\%) decreased in the range of a healthy control group (-0.31\%, n = 90), indicating that overall gait symmetry was achieved after trauma. The plantar pressure distribution showed significant load asymmetries. There was increased loading in the lateral forefoot of the injured leg in patients with good results and decreased pressure under the metatarsal heads of patients with bad results. Although those asymmetries were related neither to fracture type nor clinical outcome, the findings may illustrate compensation mechanisms that are used to regain gait symmetry after ankle alteration by trauma.
This article was published in Clin Orthop Relat Res and referenced in Rheumatology: Current Research

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version