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Promising preliminary results seen with ankle distraction for post-traumatic OA

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Description: ORTHOPEDICS TODAY 2009; 29:46 Emerging research from the University of Iowa indicates that ankle distraction may lead to improved pain relief and function in young and active patients with endstage post-traumatic ankle osteoarthritis. “At the present time, the standard option for these types of patients is usually arthrodesis of the ankle or, in the older patients, arthroplasty,” Annunziato Amendola, MD, told Orthopedics Today. “Both of those options have downfalls. If you could maintain the ankle joint, obviously, it would be advantageous. Ankle distraction is a technique designed to restore the ankle joint space and reduce the patient’s pain so that he or she does not need one of those other procedures.”

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