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Foot and Ankle


As per available reports about there are 3 Conference Proceedings,1 Upcoming Conference,  14 National symposiums are presently dedicated exclusively to foot and ankle  and about 11 articles are being published on foot and ankle.

The foot is an anatomical structure found in many vertebrates. It is the terminal portion of a limb which bears weight and allows locomotion. In many animals with feet, the foot is a separate organ at the terminal part of the leg made up of one or more segments or bones, generally including claws or nails. The human foot and ankle is a strong and complex mechanical structure containing 26 bones, 33 joints (20 of which are actively articulated), and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The foot can be subdivided into the hind foot, the mid foot, and the forefoot. The hind foot is composed of the talus (or ankle bone) and the calcaneus (or heel bone). The two long bones of the lower leg, the tibia and fibula, are connected to the top of the talus to form the ankle. Connected to the talus at the subtalar joint, the calcaneus, the largest bone of the foot, is cushioned inferiorly by a layer of fat. The five irregular bones of the mid foot, the cuboid, navicular, and three cuneiform bones, form the arches of the foot which serves as a shock absorber. The midfoot is connected to the hind- and fore-foot by muscles and the plantar fascia. The forefoot is composed of five toes and the corresponding five proximal long bones forming the metatarsus. Similar to the fingers of the hand, the bones of the toes are called phalanges and the big toe has two phalanges while the other four toes have three phalanges. The joints between the phalanges are called interphalangeal and those between the metatarsus and phalanges are called metatarsophalangeal. Both the midfoot and forefoot constitute the dorsum (the area facing upwards while standing) and the planum. The ankle, or the talocrural region, is the region where the foot and the leg meet. The ankle includes three joints: the ankle joint proper or talocrural joint, the subtalar joint, and the Inferior tibiofibular joint. The movements produced at this joint are dorsiflexion and plantarflexion of the foot. In common usage, the term ankle refers exclusively to the ankle region. In medical terminology, "ankle" (without qualifiers) can refer broadly to the region or specifically to the talocrural joint. The main bones of the ankle region are the talus (in the foot), and the tibia and fibula (in the leg). The talus is also called the ankle bone. The talocrural joint is a synovial hinge joint that connects the distal ends of the tibia and fibula in the lower limb with the proximal end of the talus. The articulation between the tibia and the talus bears more weight than that between the smaller fibula and the talus. The bony architecture of the ankle consists of three bones: the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The articular surface of the tibia is referred to as the plafond. The medial malleolusis a bony process extending distally off the medial tibia. The distal-most aspect of the fibula is called the lateral malleolus. Together, the malleoli, along with their supporting ligaments, stabilize the talus underneath the tibia. The bony arch formed by the tibial plafond and the two malleoli is referred to as the ankle "mortise" (or talar mortise). The mortise is a rectangular socket. The ankle is composed of three joints: the talocrural joint (also called tibiotalar joint, talar mortise, talar joint), the subtalar joint (also called talocalcaneal), and the Inferior tibiofibular joint. The joint surface of all bones in the ankle are covered with articular cartilage. The major entities associated with foot and ankel are Sports Injury and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy and Physical Rehabilitation.

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Scope and Importance:

Foot and ankle surgery is a sub-specialty of orthopedics and podiatry that deals with the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of disorders of the foot and ankle. The typical training of an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon consist of four years of college, four years of medical school (D.O.) or (M.D.), one year of surgical internship, 4–5 years of orthopedic training and an optional 1 year fellowship in foot and ankle surgery. Foot and ankle surgeons are trained to treat all disorders of the foot and ankle, both surgical and non-surgical. Additionally, the surgeons are also trained to understand the complex connections between disorders and deformities of the foot, ankle, knee, hip, and the spine. Therefore, the surgeon will typically see cases that vary from trauma (such as malleolar fractures, tibial pilon fractures, calcaneus fractures, navicular and midfoot injuries and metatarsal and phalangeal fractures.) Arthritis care (primarily surgical) of the ankle joint and the joints of the hindfoot (tarsals), midfoot (metatarsals) and forefoot (phalanges) also plays a rather significant role. Congentital and acquired deformalities include adult acquired flatfoot, non-neuromuscular foot deformity, diabetic foot disorders, hallux valgus and several common pediatric foot and ankle conditions (such as clubfoot, flat feet, tarsal coalitions, etc.) Patients may also be referred to a foot and ankle surgeon for proper diagnosis and treatment of heel pain (such as a consequence from plantar heel fasciitis), nerve disorders (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome) and tumors of the foot and ankle. Amputation and ankle arthroscopy (the use of a laparoscope in foot and ankle surgical procedures) have emerged as prominent tools in foot and ankle care. In addition, more applications for laser surgery are being found in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders, including treatment for bunions and soft tissue lesions. A patient may also be referred to a foot and ankle surgeon for the surgical care of nail problems and phalangeal deformalities such as bunions and buniettes.

A doctor who specializes in bone disease is known as a Orthopaedics surgeon, Rheumatologist. Foot and Ankel conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of:

  1. Ankle pain caused by fractures, sprains, tendonitis
  2. Forefoot fractures & deformity
  3. Stress fractures
  4. Foot and ankle deformity such as flat foot & high arches
  5. Achilles tendon issues
  6. Heel pain & plantar fasciitis

It also provides the platform for researchers, scholars and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of  Foot and Ankel.

Market Analysis:

The “Foot & Ankle Devices Market (2012 - 2017) by Products, Application Area (External Fixation, Internal Fixation, Joint Replacement, Forefoot, Midfoot, Hindfoot, Prosthesis, Bracing) - Global Trends and Competitive Analysis” analyzes and studies the major market drivers, restraints, and opportunities in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World. Browse 145 market data tables and 9 figures spread through 308 pages and in-depth TOC on “Foot & Ankle Devices Market (2012 - 2017) by Products, Application Area (External Fixation, Internal Fixation, Joint Replacement, Forefoot, Midfoot, Hindfoot, Prosthesis, Bracing) - Global Trends and Competitive Analysis”. This report studies the Foot & Ankle Devices Market with forecast up to 2017.The foot & ankle market consists of devices used in orthopedics such as plates, fusion screws, wires, and pins or staples used for musculoskeletal repairs. Total joint implants, recently introduced in the market, have reduced the necessity to simply fuse the ankle. These artificial joints provide increased mobility and better biomechanical motion to the patient than ankle fusion or arthrodesis. Due to the increasing acceptance of the devices, it is estimated that the market will compete highly against the ankle fusion devices market. The foot & ankle devices market was valued at $3.2 billion in 2011, and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 6.0% to reach $4.5 billion by 2017.

International symposium and workshops

  1. Kerala Orthopaedic Society, Foot and Ankel Symposium
  2. 1st KFSH-D International Foot and Ankle Symposium and Workshop

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Podiatrist Meeting on Foot and Ankle Surgery
Aug 15-16, 2016, Portland, Oregon

Relevant Society and Associations

  1. The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS)
  2. British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
  3. Asia-Pacific Society for Foot and Ankle
  4. The Australian Podiatry Association (NSW & ACT)
  5. National Osteoporosis Foundation
  6. The International Skeletal Dysplasia Society – ISDS
  7. Bone Research Society, UK
  8. Israel Orthopaedic Association, Israel
  9. Australian & New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society ,Australia

Companies

  1. Arthrocare Corporation
  2. Biomet (U.S.)
  3. BioPro (U.S.)
  4. OrthoHelix (U.S.)
  5. Vilex (U.S.)
  6. Stryker (U.S.)
  7. Integra (U.S.)
  8. De Puy Synthes (U.S.)

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This page was last updated on 11th Sep, 2015

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