Tibiocalcaneal arthrodesis in fixed equinus deformity with ring fixator

functional assessment and quality of life

  • Rafael Bispo de Souza Hospital de Urgências de Goiânia, Goiânia, GO, Brazil and Hospital das Clínicas de Goiás, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, GO, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3340-7021
  • Antônio Carlos Faloni Nunes Pereira Hospital de Urgências de Goiânia, Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5019-6089
  • Rafael Costa Nerys Hospital de Urgências de Goiânia, Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4344-4333
  • Jefferson Soares Martins Hospital de Urgências de Goiânia, Goiânia, GO, Brazil and Hospital das Clínicas de Goiás, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, GO, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4742-1905
  • Edegmar Nunes Costa Centro de Reabilitação e Readaptação Dr. Henrique Santilo, Goiânia, GO, Brazil https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6836-3110
Keywords: Arthrodesis, External fixators, Ilizarov technique, Equinus deformity

Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the limb function and quality of life of patients with posttraumatic fixed equinus deformity treated at a tertiary hospital after arthrodesis with the Ilizarov external fixator. Methods: A study was conducted from January 2015 to June 2018 in which 6 patients were evaluated at outpatient follow-up in the late postoperative period. First, an identification questionnaire was administered to assess limb function using the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) scale, and quality of life was assessed using the SF-36 questionnaire. Results: A total of 66.6% of the sample had an AOFAS score below 70 (mean total = 57.5), which is considered poor. The mean SF-36 score was low (below 60) in all domains evaluated. The pain domain had the highest score (mean = 57.2). Conclusions: Even after surgery to correct the deformity, patients had impaired function and quality of life. Level of Evidence IV; Therapeutic Studies; Case Series.

Published
30-06-2019
How to Cite
Souza, R., Pereira, A. C., Nerys, R., Martins, J., & Costa, E. (2019). Tibiocalcaneal arthrodesis in fixed equinus deformity with ring fixator. Scientific Journal of the Foot & Ankle, 13(2), 166-171. https://doi.org/10.30795/scijfootankle.2019.v13.969