Surgical treatment of intra-articular calcaneal fractures

John J. Stapleton, Thomas Zgonis

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Most intra-articular calcaneal fractures are a result of high-energy trauma. The operative management of calcaneal fractures has been based on achieving anatomic reduction and minimizing complications of the compromised soft tissue envelope. The traditional extensile lateral approach offers advantages of achieving adequate fracture reduction with the risk of wound-healing complications and infection. Limited open reduction and internal fixation techniques with or without using external fixation focuses on achieving fracture reduction with less risk of wound complications but higher risk of malunion. This article discusses key points of operative management for various intra-articular calcaneal fracture patterns and clinical presentations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-546
Number of pages8
JournalClinics in podiatric medicine and surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • External fixation
  • Internal fixation
  • Intra-articular calcaneal fractures
  • Reconstruction
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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