Ankle osteoarthritis is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the ankle joint. Traditional treatments like joint fusion can limit mobility. An alternative procedure called ankle distraction arthroplasty has been gaining some traction, but how well does it hold up in the long term? 

A recent study by Greenfield et al. (2019) investigated this very question. They conducted a survival analysis of ankle distraction arthroplasty for ankle osteoarthritis. Their findings suggest that this procedure may be a viable option for some patients. 

Key takeaways from the study: 

  • Ankle distraction arthroplasty showed promising results, with an 84% survival rate at 5 years. This is better than some previously reported outcomes. 
  • The study also identified factors that can influence the success of the procedure. Avascular necrosis of the talus (bone death) was associated with a lower survival rate. Additionally, sex may play a role, with the study suggesting potential gender differences in long-term outcomes. 

What this means for patients: 

Ankle distraction arthroplasty offers a potential option for preserving joint mobility in patients with ankle osteoarthritis. This study provides valuable data for surgeons and patients to consider when making treatment decisions. 

Important to note: 

  • This was a retrospective study, meaning researchers analyzed past data. More robust research designs are needed to confirm these findings. 
  • The study involved a relatively small group of patients. Larger studies are necessary to draw more definitive conclusions. 

Overall, this research suggests that ankle distraction arthroplasty may be a valuable tool for treating ankle osteoarthritis. However, more research is needed to solidify its place as a standard treatment option. 

ReferenceGreenfield, S., Matta, K. M., McCoy, T. H., Rozbruch, S. R., & Fragomen, A. (2019). Ankle distraction arthroplasty for ankle osteoarthritis: a survival analysis. Strategies in trauma and limb reconstruction, 14(2), 65. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7376580/#:~:text=In%20a%20significantly%20larger%20series,and%2037%25%20within%205%20years


This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional to discuss your individual treatment options.

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“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”
– Thomas Jefferson

With the new normal upon us, there are a few critical activities that still have to get done. On a fortnightly or weekly basis, depending on your family’s size, you may have to run a few errands, including purchasing your groceries. Shopping patterns have changed, but people still have to shop, people still have to buy food. While retail chains are making an effort to adjust to the new changes, there are a few things that have made the shopping experience much easier in the current COVID-19 era. 

As a start, since the majority of countries in the world are under a quarantine, the opening times of stores is actually changing. In some regions, stores that once were open for 24 hours are now open for about one third of the time. There are some regions that are optimizing their shopping activities to facilitate more online grocery ordering and the facilitation of either grocery pick up by the customers, or they are simply allowing their service to deliver to the customer. 

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak is increasing, and retailers have now challenged themselves more than ever to ensure that their customers are able to access essential goods, and to facilitate overall health and well-being of the entire communities that surround their operations. Life must go on…and essentially with a little care, it is possible to do what is necessary to keep your life on track. 

What patients need to understand is that when it comes to their local retailers, they may have to understand that overall global supply chains have been impacted by the epidemic. Since we all are one…there are individuals who work in retailers wholesale facilities that also have been affected by the impact of the epidemic. 

As a result, retailers have had to make extraordinary measures to ensure that goods are on the shelves. As a start, in some regions, once patients are entering the stores, there is the effort by the organization to sanitize the hands of their customers. What this will do is ensure that clean hands are touching the surfaces of food items and also the rest of the  packaged goods on the shelves. 

How can you as a consumer protect yourself while you shop? 

One of the best things that you can do as a consumer, is identify your current shopping needs. Where possible, study your family operations. At best, you’ll have a fair idea of your shopping frequency. In order to minimize your exposure…take the time to identify items that you can: 

  1. Purchase online and have delivered. You’ll already know what items you will need for your home, and items such as cleaning materials, shampoos, and items that are non-perishable are items that you can order online via systems such as Amazon.com. Here is a sample of non-perishable items that you can purchase from this site. Since sanitizing your home is a priority, here are a few cleaning essentials. 

Cleaning supplies

  1. Disinfectants
  2. Disinfecting Wipes 
  3. Scrubbing Sponges 
  4. Laundry Detergent 
  5. Yellow dusters/microfibre cloths
  6. Glass Cleaner 
  7. Cleaning brushes
  8. A mop and bucket.
  9. A dustpan and brush
  10. Protective Gloves 
  11. A plastic caddy to carry the essentials

Go ahead and make your list, and utilize the links above to organize your shopping cart. Once you place your order, you’ll be able to have the items delivered to you within a few days if you’ve ordered the regular service, or with next day delivery via Prime. You’ll feel more accomplished as a shopper for your household, and also be in a position where you won’t have to be exposing yourself un-necessarily for a few critical essentials. Let Amazon work for you! Recline in your backyard!! 

The trip for your perishables will be shorter and more efficient. For this option, you can then go ahead and order online at your favorite store, and then pick up from their delivery point. 

Life is good and all is well, with the advent of technology! Take advantage of online systems for your current shopping needs, and save yourself some time, and allow yourself to enjoy your quarantine time. What you can do in this instance is pamper yourself! More on that on the next blog article!! 

Your health is your wealth!! 

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Dr. Gordon Slater

Dr. Slater is one of the first foot and ankle surgeons in Australia to adopt minimally invasive surgical techniques. He routinely uses MIS to treat a range of conditions, including bunions.

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Dr Gordon Slater is a highly-skilled surgeon specialising in foot and ankle conditions and sports injuries. Dr Slater is one of the first foot and ankle surgeons in Australia to adopt minimally invasive surgical techniques. He routinely uses MIS to treat a range of conditions, including bunions. MIS  has many advantages including shorter operating times, reduced post-operative pain, reduced risk of infection, minimal scarring and better cosmetic outcomes.

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