FLEXIBLE FLATFOOT IN CHILDREN: THE NEW PLLA RESORBABLE COPOLYMER
The new screws in the absorbable material facilitate the healing stages for the child:
the word to Leghe Leggere Lavorate, the only Italian company that owns the technology to produce such medical components
Fexible flatfoot in children is a problem of great observation and that creates many concerns for parents.
Flexible flafoot in children: 3-4 years old up to 6 years old
All children up to 5-6 years have flat foot with the absence of the physiological curves of the sole of the foot. It is a natural fact and linked to the immaturity of the child’s musculoskeletal system that usually corrects itself during growth.
Flexible flafoot in children: from 10 years old and above
If between 10 and 13 years the foot is still flat, however, a precise evaluation is needed to decide whether it is appropriate to intervene with a surgery that is usually necessary if the child has pain in the standing and assumes an incorrect position. Intervening at a young age is essential to avoid having to operate as adults with greater problems and lower results.
The most used operating technique consists in inserting a screw under the heel with a micro-incision, to prevent the slipping of the heel and the sagging of the plantar arch. The operation is a very simple procedure: it lasts, in fact, just 10 minutes and the child can go back to walking after a few days.
Pediatric flatfoot surgery can now also boast of a great innovation that has brought enormous advantages for the effective and faster healing of the child, reducing parents’ worries.
Flexible flafoot in children: everything about PLLA and its advantages
The advantage is thanks to the new PLLA copolymer that has a relatively high resistance and a rate of degradation and reabsorption appropriate for most of the musculoskeletal applications, with particular indication in hand and foot surgery, in trauma near the joints and in pediatric surgery.
There is only one company on Italy that has the appropriate technologies to process this material and create medical devices for the various surgical sectors. The company calls Leghe Leggere Lavorate, the first Italian company specialized in the production of components for orthopedic surgery and dental implantology.
“For many years, resorbable implants have clinically proven numerous advantages,” says Davide Pizzamiglio, CEO of Leghe Leggate Lavorate. “The first favorable aspect regards the facilitation of bone consolidation in the healing phase. In addition, products in PLLA material eliminate the need for removal of the synthesis device and the distortion consequent to the metallic material in the magnetic resonance investigation. Finally they avoid the release of metal ions in the bone tissues “.
The use of a resorbable screw eliminates the need for a second intervention after a few years to remove the device, which is particularly advantageous when the intervention actors are children; for the same reason it is advantageous in terms of economic sustainability.