Triple Arthrodesis of the Tarsus as a Treatment for Posttraumatic Conditions
Acta Orthop Scand. 1966;37(3):328-332
Kivilaakso R, Salenius P
The authors report the results of a follow-up examination of 32 patients in which triple arthrodesis of the tarsus was performed to relieve pain or to correct deformity after different fractures in the ankle region. The most dominant indication for operation was pain after fracture of the calcaneus or the talus or after bimallcolar fracture. Bony anchylosis of the subtalar joints was achieved in 31 cases. In one case the Chopart joint did not consolidate. The result was recorded as good both according to the patient’s subjective estimate and according to the position of the foot in 26 patients. All these returned to their preoperative occupation. Five patients had pain on walking but not enough to prevent them from working. One patient did not resume work and the reason for this was considered to be the fear of reduced insurance compensation since no objective reason for this inability was discovered. (Reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis Ltd., http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals.)
Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.
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