Kinematic and kinetic analysis of distal derotational osteotomy of the leg in children with cerebral palsy

Raymond M. Stefko, Robert J. De Swart, David A. Dodgin, Marilynn P. Wyatt, Kenton R. Kaufman, David H. Sutherland, Henry G. Chambers

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Patients with cerebral palsy often develop rotational deformities of the lower extremities. These deformities may be caused by abnormal muscle tone, soft-tissue contractures, or bony malalignment. When rotational deformity persists after correction of the soft-tissue components, bony-realignment procedures are warranted to improve gait in ambulatory patients. We performed a retrospective review of 10 ambulatory children with cerebral palsy and tibial torsion who underwent 13 distal tibial and fibular derotation osteotomies. Preoperative and postoperative three-dimensional gait analysis were used to determine the effect of distal tibial and fibular derotation osteotomy on tibial rotation, foot-progression angle, gait velocity, and moments about the ankle. Mean tibial rotation and foot-progression angle were significantly improved by the procedure. Gait velocity improved but not significantly. Moment data demonstrated a trend toward normal. This study demonstrates that the derotational distal tibial and fibular osteotomy stabilized with percutaneous crossed Kirschner wires is a safe, reliable, and effective procedure for correcting rotational deformities of the leg in patients with cerebral palsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998


  • Ambulatory
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Derotation
  • Gait analysis
  • Osteotomy
  • Tibial torsion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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