Surgical Treatment of Calcaneal Fracture Malunions and Posttraumatic Deformities

John J. Stapleton, Ronald Belczyk, Thomas Zgonis

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The surgical management of calcaneal fractures presents with several obstacles to the treating physician. Many experienced surgeons acknowledge a steep and significant learning curve in the operative management of calcaneal fractures. Nonoperative management of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures may result in malunion, thereby affecting the function of the ankle and subtalar joint. Although some calcaneal fractures can be treated conservatively, a majority of them require operative intervention. The goal of this article is to bring some insight into the realm of revisional surgery on residual deformity of the calcaneus after operative intervention and also provide a rationale approach to successfully manage failed surgeries for calcaneal fractures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-90
Number of pages12
JournalClinics in podiatric medicine and surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Calcaneal fractures
  • Complications
  • Foot arthrodesis
  • Posttraumatic arthritis
  • Revisional foot and ankle surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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