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Foot & Ankle International

Jul 17, 2020

Characteristics of responders, or those who achieve a clinical improvement above the level of a minimal clinically important difference, have not been defined for total ankle arthroplasty (TAA). The purpose of this study was to determine patient characteristics that distinguish possible responders from possible nonresponders after TAA using criteria established for other arthroplasty surgeries.

In conclusion, our data reveal that a higher baseline SF-36 MCS score was associated with increased improvement in SMFA function scores, while rheumatic disease was associated with worse improvement in SMFA function scores after TAA. Patients with rheumatic disease or poor mental health may not achieve as favorable results after TAA and should be counseled appropriately.


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