Total ankle arthroplasty shows promise for patients with severe ankle arthritis

Patients over 70 years of age with end-stage ankle arthritis experience improvements in gait parameters after total ankle arthroplasty that are on a par with those seen in patients in their 50s, researchers announced at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Total ankle arthroplasty was found to improve gait parameters for patients over the age of 70 with end-stage ankle arthritis.

Dr. Jason T. Bariteau, of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, and associates compared outcomes in 21 older patients and 21 younger patients who underwent total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) between the years 1999 and 2010. In all cases, the procedure was performed by the same surgeon.

Total ankle arthroplasty is becoming increasingly popular for the management of end-stage ankle arthritis. Given that elderly patients are the fastest growing age group in industrialized countries, it is important to determine whether older patients benefit from the procedure to the same extent as younger patients.

The investigators performed gait analysis preoperatively and at a minimum of 1 year postoperatively.

The analysis showed similar significant improvements in younger and older patients in temporal-spatial, kinematic and kinetic parameters.


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