Essential Keys To A Pre-Op Biomechanical Evaluation

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Robert D. Phillips, DPM

   There is still much research and development to be done when it comes to creating instruments that can accurately measure the ranges of motion available in the joints of the foot.30 There has been some development of instrumentation for analyzing the dynamic function but we need more research in order to understand how the availability of motion in the pedal joints translates into dynamic function.

   I hope more surgeons will pay attention to the preoperative conditions before surgery as well as postoperative function.

   As this research and development evolves, better care will result, and we can expect the general population to retain their mobility for ever increasing years.

   Dr. Phillips is affiliated with the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Orlando, Fla.

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