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Smartphone Applications and its Role in Foot and Ankle Surgery


Dr. Prashanth Nagaraj | Mr Davinder Singh Paul Baghla | Miss Samantha Z Tross



Dr. Prashanth Nagaraj | Mr Davinder Singh Paul Baghla | Miss Samantha Z Tross "Smartphone Applications and its Role in Foot and Ankle Surgery" Published in International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development (ijtsrd), ISSN: 2456-6470, Volume-5 | Issue-4, June 2021, pp.1528-1532, URL: https://www.ijtsrd.com/papers/ijtsrd43642.pdf

Introduction: The coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed inherent weaknesses in global healthcare systems. Conversely, it has encouraged innovation, research and collaboration. Digital technology has the ability to tackle these difficulties via the use of applications. However, the reliability and validity of unregulated medical applications must be questioned. The aim of this study was to review surgical foot and ankle themed applications and specifically assess the level of involvement from medical professionals in the design and content. Methods: The App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android) and the BlackBerry App World (Blackberry) were searched for foot and ankle themed applications. The following search terms were used: bunions, ankle sprains, diabetic foot, foot and ankle deformities, pre-op templating, Patho-anatomy, post-operative rehab, gait, measurement of clinical angles of foot and ankle. Data were collected on target audience, patients, healthcare workers, number of applications, applications with customer satisfaction reviews, applications with medical professional involvement and applications available within the UK application stores. Results: 35 individual foot and ankle themed applications were identified. 30 applications had customer satisfaction ratings, 11 applications were predominantly health-worker centric and 3 were patient centered. 23 applications had medical professional involvement in their development or content. Conclusion: The benefits of applications are offset by the lack of Foot and ankle specification. There is relatively little medical professional involvement in their design. Increased regulation is required to improve accountability of application content.

Foot and ankle, Smartphone applications, The Apps store, Google play, BlackBerry


IJTSRD43642
Volume-5 | Issue-4, June 2021
1528-1532
IJTSRD | www.ijtsrd.com | E-ISSN 2456-6470
Copyright © 2019 by author(s) and International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development Journal. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)

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