Imaging and treatment of posttraumatic ankle and hindfoot osteoarthritis

Tetyana Gorbachova, Yulia V. Melenevsky, L. Daniel Latt, Jennifer S. Weaver, Mihra S. Taljanovic

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Posttraumatic osteoarthritis of the ankle and hindfoot is a common and frequently debil-itating disorder. 70% to 90% of ankle osteoarthritis is related to prior trauma that encompasses a spectrum of disorders including fractures and ligamentous injuries that either disrupt the articular surface or result in instability of the joint. In addition to clinical evaluation, imaging plays a sub-stantial role in the treatment planning of posttraumatic ankle and hindfoot osteoarthritis. Imaging evaluation must be tailored to specific clinical scenarios and includes weight bearing radiography that utilizes standard and specialty views, computed tomography which can be performed with a standard or a weight bearing technique, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound evaluation. This review article aims to familiarize the reader with treatment rationale, to provide a brief review of surgical techniques and to illustrate expected imaging appearances of common operative procedures performed in the setting of posttraumatic ankle and hindfoot osteoarthritis, such as joint‐preserving procedures, ankle fusion, subtalar fusion, tibiotalarcalcaneal fusion and ankle arthroplasty. Preoperative findings will be discussed along with the expected postoperative ap-pearance of various procedures in order to improve detection of their complications on imaging and to provide optimal patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5848
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 1 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Ankle and hindfoot osteoarthritis
  • Ankle arthroplasty
  • Subtalar fusion
  • Tibiotalarcalcaneal fusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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