Obesity is a known risk factor for the development of adult acquired flatfoot deformity (AAFD), but obesity’s effects on outcomes following AAFD reconstruction are unknown. The study hypothesized that obesity would negatively impact outcomes following joint-preserving stage II AAFD reconstruction.
This study found that although obese patients had significantly worse symptoms, overall health, and NRS pain scores preoperatively, the short-term clinical and radiographic outcomes of stage II AAFD reconstruction were similar for normal-weight, overweight, and obese patients. This suggests that joint-preserving reconstruction remains a viable alternative to fusion of the triple joint complex for the treatment of overweight and obese stage II AAFD patients.
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