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Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery:
Technique

Gastrocnemius Recession

DONLEY, BRIAN G. M.D.; PINNEY, STEPHEN J. M.D.; HOLMES, JAMES M.D.

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Abstract

Gastrocnemius equinus contracture is associated with the development of a variety of chronic problems of the foot and ankle, including plantar fasciitis, hallux valgus, symptomatic adult acquired flatfoot, metatarsalgia, diabetic forefoot ulcers, and synovitis of the metatarsophalangeal joints. Gastrocnemius recession has become an important component in the treatment of such problems aggravated or precipitated by a clinically evident gastrocnemius equinus contracture. With proper attention to surgical technique and a good postoperative program to allow the lengthened tendon to be maintained during the healing phase, the Strayer technique can produce excellent results with minimal complications.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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