Hindfoot surgery and aftercare
In the World Congress, specialists will consider which treatments are appropriate for overpronated flat feet and claw feet, when they are indicated and what needs particular attention in post-operative care.
Therapy for misalignment problems of the foot is heavily dependent on the causes and extent of the deformity. In the case of claw foot, for example, the aim of treatment is to achieve a positioning of the foot along its natural axis. To this end, there are a variety of conservative and operative therapeutic concepts available. In his lecture, Professor Markus Walther, from the Schön Clinic in Munich Harlaching, will take a detailed look at these latter concepts.
Conservative treatments using inserts that grip the hindfoot or stabilise the ankle and made-to-measure orthopaedic shoes can be used for flexible joints that are still capable of being encouraged to realign. But the more contracted the joints are and the greater the pathological muscle tone, the more difficult it is to design a conservative therapy. If surgical intervention is necessary, the approach will differ according to the severity of the pathology. Professor Walther, a specialist in foot and ankle surgery, will explain some of the procedures that can be used with joints that have little or no secondary degenerative changes and for physical changes that inhibit proper functioning of the foot, as well as for heavily contracted misalignments.
The diagnosis and therapy of overpronation in the case of pes planovalgus will, moreover, be discussed in his talk by Dr Hartmut Stinus, Consultant for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery and a Partner in the Orthopaedicum Northeim-Göttingen practice.
Arthroscopic hindfoot procedures
There have, in recent years, been rapid developments in arthroscopic procedures with hindfoot and ankle surgery. Arthroscopy is becoming increasingly widespread, especially in dorsal upper ankle, lower ankle and extra-articular areas, says Dr Mellany Galla, a Consultant Orthopaedic and Accident Surgeon. In her lecture, she will describe some posterior arthroscopic techniques and their outcomes.
Following surgery, there is a requirement for appropriate care. But what do we expect of such post-operative care? This is the question that Dr Hartmut Stinus deals with in his contribution. In addition, Sorella Petters, from Schuh-Petters GmbH, will consider how the orthopaedic footwear professional can help with any residual misalignment after surgery.
Partner professional association
The symposium on ‘ Hindfoot surgery and aftercare’ is the brainchild of the German Society for Foot and Ankle Surgery (Gesellschaft für Fuß- und Sprunggelenkchirurgie e.V. - GFFC).