Ortho-Preferred

Posterior Release


- Discussion:
    - performed to correct equinus deformity at the ankle:
        - calcaneal (achilles) tendon is lengthened;
        - ankle joint capsule and all posterior tibiotalar, talofibular, & calcaneofibular ligaments are severed;
        - tibiofibular syndesmosis is released posteriorly;
        - FHL may require recession;
        - its often necessary to combine Posterior and Medial release may be necessary: called Posteromedial Release;
        - severe deformity of calcaneus may require tibialis transfer
        - this procedure must not be done until the adduction of forepart of foot & varus deformity of heel have been corrected completely;
        - complete posterior release consists of lengthening Achilles tendon, performing a posterior capsulotomy of tibiotalar & subtalar joints,
              and sectioning the posterior talofibular ligament and the calcaneofibular ligament



Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:40 am