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Mercer T Bridges, MD FACS
618 Bramble Rd
North Augusta, SC
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Medical School: Georgia
Graduation Year: 1963

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Larry W Carter, MD
(706) 722-3401
811 13th St Bldg 3 Ste 20
Augusta, GA
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1989

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Norman B Chutkan, MD
(706) 721-8573
1120 15th St BP-2109
Augusta, GA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1990

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Douglas Robert Phillips
(706) 722-3401
811 13th St
Augusta, GA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Paul James Herzwurm, MD
(706) 722-3401
811 13th St Bldg 3 Ste 20
Augusta, GA
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1986

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Leroy Robert Fullerton
(706) 722-3401
811 13th St
Augusta, GA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Harvey Sherman Blalock, MD
811 13th St Ste 20
Augusta, GA
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1962

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Styles Leslie Bertrand
(706) 721-2849
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Thomas Alan Parfenchuck
(706) 722-3401
811 13th St
Augusta, GA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Randall Ruark, MD
(706) 721-1802
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA
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Orthopedics
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Ankle Joint Replacement Measures Up

The results of ankle replacement are better than ever. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found a way to measure true ankle motion to prove this.

Until now, other studies reported measures of the ankle, midfoot, and hind foot motion. True ankle joint motion is measured where the tibia (lower leg bone) meets the talus. The talus forms the lower part of the ankle dome. The point where these bones meet is the tibiotalar joint.

The ankle has several different motions. Normal ankle motion allows the foot to point down a full 50 degrees. This motion is called plantarflexion. Pulling the toes up toward the face is called dorsiflexion. Most adults can dorsiflex about 20 degrees. Both motions are needed for walking and going up and down stairs.

In this study, all ankles were X-rayed with the patient in the standing position. A second X-ray was taken from the side with the ankle in both full dorsiflexion and full plantarflexion. X-rays were taken before and after the joint replacement. This method allowed researchers to detect motion at the true ankle joint.

Everyone got the same type of ankle implant, called the Agility Ankle. Results of this study showed that patients had five degrees more true tibiotalar motion after the operation. This was enough motion to allow the patients to walk normally. There were still some problems going up and down stairs.

The authors think patients should be told before the surgery that the benefit is mostly pa...

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