Vitamin D deficiency in Foot and Ankle Surgical Patients

Bill and his colleagues in Leicester have published in December their combined audit results of the pre-operative Vitamin D status of patients being admitted for foot and ankle surgery. The results were published in Foot and Ankle Surgery. Only 17% of patients had vitamin levels deemed within normal levels. 22% were grossly deficient. Our advice is that “at risk” patients should be screened and advised if levels are low as to appropriate treatment.

Aujla RS, Allen PE, Ribbans WJ. Vitamin D Levels in 577 Consecutive Elective Foot & Ankle Surgery Patients. Foot and Ankle Surgery. Published online December 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10/1016/j.fas.2017.12.007