Dr. Hartmut Stinus
Participants gain insights into diagnostics and stage-appropriate therapy for osteoarthritis of the ankle: For slight to moderate osteoarthritis, good treatment success can be achieved through conservative therapy with insoles, supports, inner shoes, anti-inflammatory medications and osteoarthritis modulating infiltrations – with hyaluronan, for example. When conservative treatment fails, there are stage-appropriate surgical treatment options such as arthroscopy techniques and cartilage replacement methods as well as axis correction/repositioning surgery. Arthrodesis or prosthesis implantation are available as a last resort.
What can orthopaedic footwear technology accomplish with regard to severe foot deformities in children and during the growth phase? In addition to the functional limitation – the disability caused by the foot deformity – the acceptance of the medical device and its speedy fabrication are also important. These issues are illustrated for the participants based on different indications.