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The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 92-B, Issue 5 | Pages 693 - 700
1 May 2010
Makki D Alnajjar HM Walkay S Ramkumar U Watson AJ Allen PW

We carried out a retrospective review of 47 intra-articular fractures of the calcaneum treated by open reduction and internal fixation in 45 patients by a single surgeon between 1993 and 2001. The fractures were evaluated before operation by plain radiographs and a CT scan using Sanders’ classification. Osteosynthesis involved a lateral approach and the use of the AO calcaneal plate. The mean follow-up was for ten years (7 to 15). Clinical assessment included the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Score (AOFAS), the Creighton-Nebraska Score, the Kerr, Prothero, Atkins Score and the SF-36 Health Questionnaire. The radiological evaluation consisted of lateral and axial views of the os calcis. Arthritic changes in the subtalar joint were assessed with an internal oblique view and were graded using the Morrey and Wiedeman scale.

There were 18 excellent (38.3%), 17 good (36.2%), three fair (6.3%) and nine poor (19.2%) results. Five patients had a superficial wound infection and five others eventually had a subtalar arthrodesis because of continuing pain. Restoration of Böhler’s angle was associated with a better outcome. The degree of arthritic change in the subtalar joint did not correlate with the outcome scores or Sanders’ classification. Prompt osteosynthesis should be considered for intra-articular fractures of the calcaneum in order to restore the shape of the hindfoot and Böhler’s angle.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 79-B, Issue 3 | Pages 371 - 373
1 May 1997
Nicolai P Aldam CH Allen PW

An intact barrier between the hands of the surgeon and the patient remains the single most important factor in protection against infection for both. Increasing the awareness of possible glove perforation without skin penetration will decrease the risk of contamination.

We performed a prospective, randomised trial comparing the incidence of glove perforation using a new type of glove (Regent Biogel Reveal) and standard double-gloves in total hip and knee replacement. One or more perforations was detected in 14.6% of all gloves. The new gloves increased significantly the awareness of perforation. Multiple perforations at the base of the ring finger were found in surgeons who wore wedding rings during the operation and we recommend that rings be removed before undertaking surgery.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 56-B, Issue 1 | Pages 130 - 135
1 Feb 1974
Sage MR Allen PW

1. A case of massive osteolysis of the bones and soft tissues of the left foot is reported.

2. Arteriography revealed slowed circulation in the foot, hut the tumour vessels did not fill with contrast medium.

3. Two years after below-knee amputation of the left leg and four years after the onset of symptoms, the patient appeared to be free from disease.