An external fixator (external fixation) is a device that is applied on the outside of the foot or ankle that provides stability and/or correction. Although the devices have changed over time, the principles and applications have been around for hundreds to thousands of years. There are numerous types and applications for external fixation. Candidates for external fixation may include open or severe fractures and dislocations, limb deformity, bone infection (osteomyelitis), joint fusion (arthrodesis), non-unions, mal-unions, charcot neuroarthopathy and brachymetarsal correction. It is vital to have a specialist that has the ability to understand and recommend when external fixation may be necessary. If external fixation has been discussed with your or you think you are a candidate for this procedure, don’t hesitate to contact Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists today to learn more.
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