Orthopedic surgeons and doctors currently have no reliable approaches to analyze the foot and ankle pathologies and evaluate the chances of success of treatment options being considered. The signs and symptoms of foot and ankle pathologies are not well formalized and the relationships between the symptoms observed in a patient and the cause is not always definitive, or is even nonexistent in several cases. Furthermore, the foot and ankle comprise a unique system from biological and clinical points of view because of contact with the ground, which then introduces another source of uncertainty (standing, walking, jogging, running, jumping etc. on different types of terrain) in the overall behavior of the foot/ankle system and complicates treatment decisions.

Digital and simulation technologies now make it feasible to address these challenges faced by orthopedic surgeons. The goal of Digital Orthopaedics is to develop a comprehensive Clinical Decision Support System so that optimal, patient-specific, treatment decisions can be made by orthopedic surgeons.

Digital Orthopaedics tackles these raised medical issues by developing an advanced Clinical Decision Support System.

Digital Orthopaedics contributes to the success of precision medicine by targeting the most efficient personally tailored clinical treatment. For foot and ankle pathologies, it can be surgical planning services, patient-specific surgical guides, custom-made instruments to perform surgery, or e-health patient-focused applications.

An illustration of this innovation in the personalized surgical simulation field is the development of a surgical planning support service that will provide a reliable answer to the orthopedic surgeon within a few days based on medical imaging and patient record.

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