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Success of Achilles Tendon Lengthening (ATL) Surgery May be Predicted by Gait Analysis, Study Finds

Achilles tendon lengthening (ATL) surgery is designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to allow an individual to walk with flat feet, correcting “tiptoe walking” commonly seen in individuals with cerebral palsy. In a retrospective study published in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine,  researchers analyzed the gait of 18 children with spastic cerebral palsy who had undergone ATL surgery to look for predictors of surgery success and strategize ways to minimize the negative consequences associated with the procedure—such as overcorrection that may lead to walking impairments. By analyzing the children’s gait, researchers found that 75% of children experienced overcorrection after ATL surgery due to increased knee flexion-extension. The findings suggest that an extensive analysis should be performed for each child prior to surgery to determine the most likely outcome of ATL surgery.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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