The resistance to failure of spring ligament reconstruction (2017)
Abstract: Introduction: The spring ligament (SL) is increasingly recognised as the major structure that fails in acquired adult flatfoot deformity (AAFD). This is the first study that demonstrates integrity of repair of the SL.
Patients and methods: Six pairs of fresh frozen cadavers were setup in a standardised fashion with ankle in plantargrade (mean age 59 years, BMI 25). A 25N lateral force was applied to the medial metatarsal head using an algometer.