RESEARCH ARTICLE

Surgical Management of the Forefoot in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis - A Review Article

The Open Orthopaedics Journal 31 Mar 2015 RESEARCH ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874325001509010078

Abstract

Foot and ankle pathologies cause a significant disease burden on rheumatoid patients. Forefoot pathologies causes pain, callosities and possibly ulceration, and can cause problems with footwear. Forefoot correction in rheumatoid patients has historically comprised of excision of diseased joints. While satisfaction was high with this procedure, complications, changing expectations and improvement in medical therapy have raised expectation of patients, physicians and surgeons alike. This review assesses the role of joint preserving osteotomies and arthrodesis, as well as associated complications. It also describes the role of the multidisciplinary team in the management of these patients.

Keywords: Arthrodesis, forefoot, osteotomy management, rheumatoid arthritis, surgical.
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