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Sinus Tarsus Approach for Calcaneal Fractures

Jones, Carroll P. MD; Cohen, Bruce E. MD

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0000000000000027
Special Focus: Emerging Techniques in Treating Calcaneal Fractures, Part II

The traditional extensile lateral approach for calcaneus fractures is associated with an unacceptably high rate of wound complications. A more limited incision approach through the sinus tarsus provides excellent exposure with fewer soft tissue problems postoperatively. This technique, reported here, is indicated for Sanders II and III displaced intra-articular calcaneus fractures. Short-term results demonstrate a very low rate of wound complications, hardware pain, and sural neuritis and satisfactory fracture reduction based on follow-up radiographs.

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OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute, Charlotte, NC

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Carroll P. Jones, MD, OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute, 2001 Vail Avenue, Suite 300, Charlotte, NC 28207. E-mail:

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