Who Is a Good Candidate for HyProCure?
While HyProCure is a great treatment for various ankle ailments and flat feet conditions, not everyone can qualify for the treatment. Patients must complete certain requirements before they can qualify for the treatment. They include:
You must be over three years old to qualify for the treatment. By the age of three, the sinus tarsi space between your ankle and heel bone will have hardened from soft bone tissue to hard bone. This allows for a more secure placement of the HyProCure implant.
However, our podiatrist recommends waiting until the toddler turns seven years old, just to be sure. On the other side of the spectrum, there’s no cut-off age for getting the surgery. In fact, the oldest patient to get HyProCure so far was 94 years old.
Dr. Barra will conduct three clinical tests to determine if HyProCure is the best treatment for your ankle instability or flat foot. These tests are:
- Non-weight bearing examination
- Standing examination
- Observation of the foot’s inner arch
Apart from these tests, Dr. Barra may also conduct:
The Anterior Drawer Test
The Anterior Drawer Test is used to check the amount of movement in the ankle joint. Dr. Barra will hold your foot still while moving your shin bone forwards and backward. If there’s too much movement in the ankle, HyProCure can likely help.
The Squeeze Test
The Squeeze Test is used to check the stability of your ankle joint. The surgeon will hold your foot still while squeezing the bones in your ankle together. If there’s too much movement in the ankle, HyProCure can likely help.
The X-Ray Test
The X-Ray Test is used to check the size and shape of your bones. Dr. Barra will examine x-rays of your ankle joint to get a better look at the bones. If the bones are misshapen or too small, HyProCure can likely help.
After conducting these tests, our doctor should conclusively establish whether you’re a candidate for the surgery. If not, they may recommend alternative treatment options.