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AOFAS Annual Meeting – CurveBeam Symposium Recap

Weight bearing CT is a vital tool for determining the cause of inexplicable pain, and also for avoiding painful surgical complications. That was the takeaway message from a talk by Dr. Phinit Phisitkul, a clinical associate professor of orthopaedics at the University of Iowa. He shared some of his most interesting cases at a CurveBeam sponsored symposium held during the AOFAS Annual Meeting in Long Beach during the evening session. We’ve selected three of his cases to share on this blog: 18-year-old male with Noonan Syndrome & severe flat foot: The patient presented with an unusual amount of pain that was difficult to diagnose on plain X-Ray. A weight bearing CT scan revealed he had a severe deformity – a congenital vertical talus. He also had severe impingement. Vertical Talus - Weight Bearing CT Vertical Talus - Weight Bearing CT Impingement - weight bearing CT Impingement - weight bearing CT 58 year-old male with ankle arthritis: The patient presented with a lot of pain in the ankle joint. A weight bearing CT scan showed a subluxation of the ankle joint and dramatic impingement of the calcaneal fibula. Interestingly, the subtalar joint was in pristine condition. Dr. Phisitkul determined the patient was a good candidate for ankle replacement and hindfoot realignment, and that his subtalar joint could be spared. Calcaneal-fibular impingement and arthritis - Weight Bearing CT Calcaneal-fibular impingement and arthritis - Weight Bearing CT 41-year-old female with Hallux Valgus: A weight bearing CT scan revealed a bone spur on the patient’s first metatarsal head. If the doctor had done a normal release, the spur may have ended up pinching the sesamoid. Instead, he performed a lateral release and excised the bone spur.
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