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Acute Deltoid Rupture: History, Diagnosis, and a Repair Technique

Giza, Eric MD; Wuellner, John MD

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: June 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 2 - p 73–80
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0000000000000045
Special Focus: Advances in Medial Ankle Instability

This article describes the history, diagnosis, and surgical treatment of acute deltoid rupture and insufficiency. The deltoid ligament is the primary restraint to valgus stress in the ankle. Acute deltoid rupture is a relatively uncommon pathology when compared with lateral ankle ligament rupture. The mechanism is a forced ankle abduction or eversion. It is highly associated with ankle fractures and dislocations. This technique article will present a method for repair that allows for early rehabilitation and return to preinjury level of function.

*Department of Orthopaedics, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA

Operational Support Medicine, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, Cannon AFB, NM

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Eric Giza, MD, Department of Orthopaedics, University of California, Davis, 4860 Y Street, Suite 3800, Sacramento, CA 95817. E-mail:

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