About the Journal

Journal of the Foot & Ankle

Frequency: quarterly

Editor- in-chief

Caio Augusto de Souza Nery
(Universidade Federal de São Paulo, SP, Brazil and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)


Editor Emetirus
Alexandre Leme Godoy-Santos
(Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brazil and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)

Associated Editors
César de César Netto (Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Duke University, Durham, USA)
Cristian Ortiz Mateluna (Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile)
Daniel Soares Baumfeld (Universidade de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil)
Gabriel Khazen Barrera (Hospital de Clinicas Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela)
Guillermo Martin Arrondo (Instituto Dupuytren, Argentina)
Luis Felipe Hermida Galindo (Centro Medico ABC Campus Santa Fe, Mexico City, Mexico)
Marcelo Pires Prado (Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)
Marco Túlio Costa (Santa Casa de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)
Mario Herrera (Hospital Universitario de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)
Nacime Salomão Barbachan Mansur (University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, USA)
Pablo Sotelano (Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina)
Paulo Felicíssimo (Hospital Professor Doutor Fernando Fonseca, Amadora, Portugal)
Santiago Guerrero (Hospital de San Jose Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia)

Associated Societies

Sociedad Argentina de Medicina y Cirugía de Pie y Pierna

Sociedad Boliviana de Medicina y Cirugía del Tobillo y Pie

Brazilian Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society

Comité de Tobillo y Pie de la Sociedad Chilena de Ortopedia y Traumatologia (SCHOT)

Capítulo de Pie y Tobillo de la Sociedad Colombiana de Cirugía Ortopedia y Traumatología (SCCOT)

Sociedad Mexicana de Pie y Tobillo

Capítulo Peruano de Cirugía del Pie y Tobillo (CAPPiTO) – Sociedad Peruana de OyT

Sociedade Portuguesa de Ortopedia e Traumatologia (SPOT)

Comité Uruguayo de Estudios del Pie (CUEP) - Sociedad de Ortopedia y Traumatología del Uruguay

Comité científico de pie y tobillo de la Sociedad Venezolana de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología (SVCOT)

The Journal of the Foot & Ankle (eISSN 2675-2980) is published quarterly in April, August, and December, with the purpose of disseminating papers on themes of Foot and Ankle Medicine and Surgery and related areas. Journal of the Foot & Ankle is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link the full text of the articles. This is in accordance with the The BOAI (Budapest Open Access Initiative) definition of open access. All papers are already published with active DOIs.

All papers that are sent to the Journal undergo a peer review by at least two reviewers.  Acceptance will be based on originality, relevance, and contribution to science.  The reviewers will make general comments on the paper and will decide if it will be published, if recommended corrections are to be incorporated, or if it is rejected. In cases of differences of opinion among the reviewers, a new opinion may be requested. When modifications are suggested, they will be forwarded to the main author, who must then resubmit the corrected manuscript within the time frame established by the Editor. Subsequently, it will be returned to the same reviewers so that they can check if their demands have been met.  In exceptional cases, when the subject of the manuscript so requires, the Editor-in-Chief may request that the review be conducted by a professional who is not listed among the Editors and the Editorial Council.  Following this process of peer review, the Editor-in-Chief will forward the approved papers for publication. As far as possible, the decision as to the acceptance of a paper will occur within 120 days of its receipt.

Once a paper has been accepted for publication, an edited Paper (in PDF format) will be sent to the corresponding author to be proofread, and for a final assessment and approval.

It is up to the Editorial Body to classify papers according to the categories accepted by the Journal. The Body may also suggest modifications to the papers, provided they do not alter the scientific content, and with due assent of the author.

Any claims or information expressed in the papers that are published in the Journal are the sole responsibility of the authors and their collaborators.  

The norms for publication in the journal are in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (February 2006), developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), available at: http://www.icmje.org/.

The Journal accepts the following for publication: editorials, original papers, case report, letters to the editor, special papers and systematic review.


Editorials refer to topics which are selected for each issue of the JOURNAL OF THE FOOT & ANKLE due to their importance for the scientific community. They are generally written by the Editor-in-Chief or by outstanding specialists in areas of interest who are commissioned by the Journal. 


Controlled and randomized studies, observational studies, records, basic research with experimentation animals are included here. Original papers must contain the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and References. The number of references must not exceed forty. 


These include descriptions of cases involving patients, or particular situations, rare diseases, or those that have never been described, as well as innovative forms of diagnosis or treatment. The case study in question should focus on relevant themes that should be compared to those available in existing literature, and must not exceed ten references. 


These must comment, discuss or criticize papers that have been published in the Journal itself, or tackle other themes of general interest. A response from the authors of the paper in question may be published together with the letter. 

  • SPECIAL ARTICLE (by invitation of the Editor)

These are articles that do not belong in any of the aforementioned categories, but that are deemed relevant to the field by the Editorial Council.


The Journal of the Foot & Ankle encourages authors to submit systematic review articles. The Editorial Team will evaluate the quality of the article as well as whether the subject matter is relevant to the readers of the journal. We suggest that authors be guided by the PRISMA recommendation (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) and considered preferable include the registration number in the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO) database.


Technique tips must offer a tip for, or a modification of, a pre-existing, documented procedure or clinical application. Entirely new procedures are NOT considered clinical tips and MUST be prepared and submitted according to the instructions for manuscript submissions.


The Journal of the Foot & Ankle will give priority to the publication of papers classified as original. The papers may be written in Portuguese or English, and will be published in the online version of the journal in English.  They will also be made available online in English through the Journal of the Foot & Ankle’s site. Should any other means of electronic publication arise in the future, previous consent of the authors for the papers to be published in this way will be assumed. 

Research with human beings

In the first paragraph of the Methods section, the authors must state in the manuscript text: This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethics Committee of our Institution in accordance with the 2013 revised Helsinki Declaration of the World Medical Association.

Research with animals

In the first paragraph of the Methods section, the authors must state in the manuscript text: This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethics Committee of our Institution in accordance with the norms established in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources,National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., 2011).

Case Reports and Case Series
In the first paragraph of the Methods section, the authors must state in the manuscript text: This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethics Committee of our Institution and we have informed patient that the data concerning this case would be submitted for publication, and he/she have consented it.

Clinical Trials
The Journal of the Foot & Ankle supports the Clinical Trials Registry policy of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the ICMJE, recognizing the importance of these initiatives for the registration and international dissemination of clinical studies in open access. Therefore, it will only accept for publication articles involving clinical research that have received an identification number in one of the clinical trials registry platforms validated by WHO and ICMJE. The URLs of these registry platforms are available at the ICMJE page (http://www.icmje.org/about-icmje/faqs/clinical-trials-registration)

According to ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) recommendations, we point out that any claims or information expressed in the papers that are published in the Journal are the sole responsibility of the authors and their collaborators.  However, the approved material becomes permanent property of the Journal of the Foot & Ankle, and, therefore, the authors of the approved manuscripts must forward, prior to publication, a written and signed declaration by the author and all co-authors assigning copyright to the Journal, according to the following terms:

“The undersigned author(s) transfer all copyright of the manuscript (title of the paper) to the Journal of the Foot & Ankle. The signatory(ies) guarantee(s) that the paper is original, that it does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third-party rights, that it has not been sent to any other journal for publication. The author(s) confirm(s) that the final version of the manuscript has been reviewed and approved in every aspect by all authors.”

All content in the Journal of the Foot & Ankle, except when specified as otherwise, is licensed under CC-BY-NC  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/)

Authorship credits (Author's Contribution)
The Journal of the Foot & Ankle accepts papers with a maximum of 6 (six) authors per paper. We suggest that authorship credits be adopted as per the ICMJE recommendations. Thus, only those persons that contributed directly to the intellectual content of the paper should be listed as authors of the paper.

To play an administrative role, to help out with patients, and to collect and consolidate data, albeit important for the research, are NOT criteria for authorship. Other people who have made direct substantial contributions to the paper, but who cannot be considered authors, can be cited in the Acknowledgements section.

Open Science
The Journal of the Foot & Ankle supports Open Science practices. Authors must therefore complete an open science compliance form after accepted, which is available from here.

Conflict of interest
Whenever a relationship exists between the authors and any public or private entity that may derive some conflict of interest, this must be communicated by way of the ICMJE form titled “Declaration of Conflicts of Interest”, which is available in here http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/. The Journal of the Foot & Ankle will guarantee the confidentiality of this declaration.

So as to guarantee the editorial integrity of the articles published in the Journal of the Foot & Ankle, our journal uses the Similarity Check/iThenticate system to detect possible plagiarism, as prescribed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ (ICMJE) recommendations.

Our journal has been accepted to archive content in the Global LOCKSS Network.