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3-D prints used to compare effectiveness of top surgical techniques for repairing heel deformity

from EurekAlert!

Using 3-D models of a patient's foot, investigators at Cedars-Sinai have found that the three leading procedures for treating heel deformities do not adequately correct the debilitating problem. Investigators used 18 identical 3-D prints of a single patient's heel to evaluate the most common techniques for treating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a genetic neuromuscular disease that kills the long nerves in the hands and feet. The disease, named after three physicians who first identified it in 1886, affects 2.8 million people worldwide. more


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