Research and new developments for foot and ankle surgery
Arthritis Research UK is currently funding the Outcomes in Ankle Replacement Study (OARS) at the University of East Anglia. This study will provide evidence of how the outcome of total ankle replacement is influenced by the characteristics of patients undergoing surgery, the nature of their ankle disease, the type of implant, and the way in which they are managed before and after surgery. The analysis will also examine the relative costs and benefits of surgery, to allow a greater understanding of who might benefit most from this type of treatment for severe ankle disease.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme is funding another trial – the Total Ankle Replacement Versus Arthrodesis (TARVA) trial. This aims to compare the outcomes of ankle replacement with ankle arthrodesis (where the ankle joint is fixed surgically so that it no longer moves) in terms of walking ability and quality of life.