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3-D Prints of Heel Reveal The Need For Better Treatment

by Julia Samuel on April 18, 2017 at 12:29 PM
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3-D Prints of Heel Reveal The Need For Better Treatment

The three leading procedures for treating heel deformities do not adequately correct the debilitating problem. Using 3-D models of a patient's foot, investigators at Cedars-Sinai have found the need for better procedures.

. Investigators used 18 identical 3-D prints of a single patient's heel to evaluate the most common techniques for treating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), a genetic neuromuscular disease that kills the long nerves in the hands and feet. The disease, named after three physicians who first identified it in 1886, affects 2.8 million people worldwide.

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The Cedars-Sinai investigators focused on the deformity of the heel bone, which is frequently twisted inward in patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth, making it difficult to walk without assistance.

The researchers used a CAT scan of a patient's heel to create the 3-D prints, and then used the models to compare correction methods from three different operations. None of the techniques provided adequate correction of the deformity.
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"Ultimately our findings offer hope for better techniques to help patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease live a better quality of life," said Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD, lead author of the study and director of the Foot and Ankle Surgery Program at Cedars-Sinai.

Cedars-Sinai investigators who collaborated on the study included Max P. Michalski, MD, Tina Basak, MD, and Joseph Giaconi, MD.

"This is one of the first times 3-D prints have been used in orthopedic research and we're thankful for the support of CMTA to use this new technology to help improve patient care," Pfeffer said.

Pfeffer, who is also co-director of the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Center of Excellence at Cedars-Sinai, said he and his investigative team will use 3-D prints to do more research comparing additional procedures.

Source: Eurekalert
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