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Journal Article

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Varma, A.K.

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Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, Volume 44, Number 3, p.390-395 (2011)

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Abstract:

Diabetic foot and ankle deformities are secondary to long-standing diabetes and neglected foot care. The concept of surgical correction for these deformities is quite recent. The primary objective of reconstructive foot and ankle surgery is the reduction of increased plantar pressures, reduction of pain and the restoration of function, stability and proper appearance. Foot and ankle deformities can result in significant disability, loss of life style, employment and even the loss of the lower limb. Therefore, restoration of normal, problem free foot function and activities will have a significant impact on peoples′ lives. Reconstructive surgical procedures are complex and during reconstruction, internal and external fixation devices, including pins, compression screws, staples, and wires, may be used for repair and stabilization. The surgeries performed depend on the type and severity of the condition. 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A. K. Varma, “Reconstructive foot and ankle surgeries in diabetic patients”, Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, vol. 44, pp. 390-395, 2011.