Bioabsorbable Implants For Flatfoot: Can They Work?

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By Jeffrey S. Boberg, DPM, FACFAS, Timothy Oldani, DPM, and Nicholas Martin, DPM

   The balance between technology and clinical practice is difficult to obtain. In the past, technology lagged far behind. Innovative thought and technique was stymied by the inability to develop practical instrumentation and implants. In recent years, however, the opposite effect has occurred. New materials and devices have inundated the marketplace. While these devices have been demonstrated to be safe, they are not necessarily any more efficacious and are certainly more costly than existing products.    Indeed, practitioners must be vigilant in evaluating the efficacy of new products. One new product that has recently emerged is the bioresorbable sinus tarsi implant. The key question to ask is do these bioabsorable implants offer advantages over the materials we currently use?

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