Ilizarov technology indicates that biological tissues can produce a certain tension under the tractive force. Such tractive force will stimulate tissue regeneration and active growth. Commonly, the external fixator is applied to make the deformed parts being fixed passively and then produces the tractive force. As the widespread application of the Ilizarov technology, many researchers across the world have studied the characteristics of the external fixators intensively. Some of them made performance improvements based on the conventional Ilizarov fixators. In addition, Taylor [1] quantified the use of external fixators by applying Stewart platform and Chasles theory to orthopedics, which have made correcting severe foot and ankle deformities much easier. The conventional Ilizarov external fixator for correcting ankle and foot deformities is shown in Fig. 1, the Taylor space frame (TSF) fixator to correct such deformities is shown in Fig. 2.

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