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Simple semi-permanent blockade against rigid varus foot in a case with spasticity: possible practical benefits in ambulatory adults
  1. Tetsutaro Yahata1,
  2. Takahiro Maruta1,2 and
  3. Aki Nakanami1,3
  1. 1 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kanazawa University Hospital, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
  2. 2 Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Center, Kanazawa Nishi Hospital, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
  3. 3 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Tonami General Hospital, Tonami, Toyama, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tetsutaro Yahata, yahata{at}


A 55-year-old ambulatory woman with hemiplegia and varus foot deformity had several problems in her daily life, including load pain and stance instability in the affected foot, easy fatigue of the non-paralysed leg, low back pain, neck stiffness and rapid shoe-rubber wear on the deformed side. We began repeated focal blockades using botulinum toxin to the tibialis posterior muscle to control varus spasticity. Distant influences presenting in the whole body were relieved soon after the first blockade, and shoe wear also stopped. Although, neither the deformed appearance nor foot contact pattern on walking changed in the initial period after beginning the blockade, the foot contact pattern revealed gradual improvement over several years. Generally, surgical correction is indicated for the treatment of deformed feet. The present case suggests that, in case of varus-deformed foot with some spastic elements, trial of focal blockade for varus spasticity may be worthwhile.

  • orthopaedics
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • botulinum toxin
  • general practice / family medicine

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  • Contributors TY, attending physician of the patient, followed up on her to date with TM and AN. TY performed all the injections on advice by TM. AN analysed all the data of dynamic foot pressures. TY representatively wrote the paper in cooperation with TM and AN.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.