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The Sinus Tarsi Approach for Calcaneal Fractures

Smith, W. Bret DO, MS

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: September 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 3 - p 118–124
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0b013e31829ffe13
Special Focus: Emerging Techniques in Treating Calcaneal Fractures, Part I

This paper is a review of the sinus tarsi approach for operative fixation of calcaneal fractures. The technique will be reviewed, and the advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. The sinus tarsi approach offers an alternative to the extensile lateral approach for open reduction and internal fixation of the calcaneus that may improve soft tissue–related complications and still provide adequate visualization and fixation options.

Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Division, Moore Orthopaedics, Lexington, SC

W.B.S. is a consultant in Smith & Nephew Inc., Osteomed Inc., Arthrex Inc., and Paragon 28 Inc.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to W. Bret Smith, DO, MS, Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Division, Moore Orthopaedics, 104 Saluda Pointe Dr., Lexington, SC 29072. E-mail:

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