Foot fractures

A 49-year-old male fell 8 feet from a ladder onto his right foot. He was brought to the Orthopaedic Trauma Service with complaints of right foot pain and radiographs revealed a right-sided, displaced and comminuted intra-articular calcaneus (heel bone) fracture.

Fracture surgery was performed by Dr. David L. Helfet with reduction of the displaced fragments, reduction and fixation of the posterior facet and tuberosity including placement of calcaneal plate and interfragmentary lag screws.

He returned at regular follow-up intervals and healed uneventfully, and at 6 months following surgery he presented with good radiographic and clinical results including a healed calcaneous fracture, significant improvement of pain symptoms, and a return to his prior activities of daily living.

  • Figure A

    Figure A

    Injury radiographs revealing a displaced calcaneus fracture.

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  • Figure B

    Figure B

    CT scan images further delineating the intraarticular fracture pattern.

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  • Figure C

    Figure C

    Intraoperative fluoroscopic imaging (top images) following provisional reduction and fixation and radiographs 6 months following fracture surgery (bottom images) revealing a healed calcaneous fracture in excellent alignment.

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