Dr. Graham’s extensive research highlighted how excessive hindfoot motion can lead to misaligned feet in a relatively common pathologic condition where the talus (ankle bone) partially dislocates on the calcaneus (heel bone). Dr. Graham further explained that this condition results in the elongation of the very important nerve on the inner side of the ankle that provides sensation to the bottom of the foot, creating pain. While compressive forces acting on the nerves have been long recognized, an elongation of the nerve has never before been addressed.
Diabetic patients frequently develop peripheral neuropathy and are often told little that can be done beyond masking their foot pain with potent medications that can lead to other side-effects. However, many of these diabetic patients also have talotarsal displacement (the hindfoot misalignment condition) and could be successfully treated if properly diagnosed. As a solution, Dr. Graham invented HyProCure®, a titanium stent that is inserted into a naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bones in order to realign the hindfoot and decrease the strain on the nerve, which then allows for nerve recovery. The nerve recovery can reduce or eliminate the pain from peripheral neuropathy.
The AENS lecture was preceded by three lectures presented by Dr. Graham at the 2013 World Congress of Podiatry the month prior in Rome, Italy, on the use of EOTTS with HyProCure® to realign the foot and help decrease the excessive forces acting throughout the foot and up the body.
For more information about the HyProCure® procedure, please visit http://Alignmyfeet.com.
GraMedica is a global orthopedic medical device company and leader in the development of life-changing foot and ankle products. Through its sister educational organization, the Graham International Implant Institute, GraMedica is committed to research, training, certification and support on implantology for foot surgeons worldwide. GraMedica continues to develop additional product lines to support their mission of “Changing lives, one step at a time.”
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· GraMedica website at http://gramedica.com
· Graham International Implant Institute website at www.grahamiii.com.