Tibial nerve grafting for restoration of plantar sensation.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

Five patients with a segmental loss of the tibial nerve and insensate plantar aspect of the foot were evaluated at an average of 5 years (2.5-9.5) postsural nerve grafting of the tibial nerve. Free-tissue transfer was required in three patients. The results as graded by restoration of superficial sensation, healing of plantar ulceration, and absence of neurogenic pain were four good and one fair at follow-up over 2 years. Assessment at 2 years or less yielded one good and four poor results, indicating a prolonged recovery period. Nerve grafting may be indicated in segmental injuries of the tibial nerve to restore plantar sensation, but ultimate recovery may require up to 4 years.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nunley, JA; Gabel, GT

Published Date

  • 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 489 - 492

PubMed ID

  • 8314182

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0198-0211

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/107110079301400901


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States