HOT TOPIC: Arthroereisis for Correction of Flexible Flatfoot in Children and Adolescents

Abstract

Flexible flatfoot is a common condition characterized by heel valgus and flattening of the medial longitudinal arch. Most patients are asymptomatic, but the condition may cause foot pain, limitation of activity, or early fatigue of the foot. In subtalar arthroereisis, a cone-shaped implant is inserted into the sinus tarsi to restrict excessive motion at the subtalar joint and elevate the talus. Short-term studies of arthroereisis for flexible flatfoot in children and adolescents have demonstrated promising outcomes, but long-term studies and comparisons with traditional surgical procedures are currently lacking.

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