header advert
You currently have no access to view or download this content. Please log in with your institutional or personal account if you should have access to through either of these
The Bone & Joint Journal Logo

Receive monthly Table of Contents alerts from The Bone & Joint Journal

Comprehensive article alerts can be set up and managed through your account settings

View my account settings

Get Access locked padlock

Operative treatment of displaced intra-articular fractures of the calcaneum. Medium-term results

Download PDF


Since 1986, we have treated displaced intra-articular fractures of the calcaneum by open reduction through a lateral approach, stable internal fixation and bone grafting. We assessed the results at a mean follow-up of 2.92 years in 44 patients, comparing them with those for 19 patients treated non-operatively. Clinical assessment used the scoring system of Crosby and Fitzgibbons (1990) and radiological measurements were made from lateral, axial and internal oblique views. The articular congruity of the subtalar joint and any arthritic changes were also assessed. We found significantly better results in the operated group with respect to pain, activity, range of movement, return to work and swelling of the hind foot. Radiologically, the operated group showed significantly better scores for articular congruity and arthritic changes. We conclude that the operative treatment of displaced intra-articular fractures of the calcaneum gives better medium-term results than conservative management.

For access options please click here