A Classification System for Foot Surgery

Classification systems have been used extensively in orthopaedics for research and descriptive purposes, to classify disease and injury and to predict pathology and treatment outcomes.

A good classification system should be easily reproducible so that inter-observer reliability is high. With the advent of minimally invasive techniques, accurate pre-planning for foot surgery has become even more important. In particular, obtaining consent has become an increasing burden for surgeons.

Documenting each bone to be operated on is a time-consuming process and there simply isn’t enough space on a standard hospital consent form to include this information.

I’m proposing the following classification system to simplify this process and increase the accuracy of surgery planning.