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What is a Calcaneal Osteotomy?
Physicians frequently use a Calcaneal osteotomy as a surgical procedure to correct the deformity of the foot and ankle. The foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon performs a controlled breakdown of the heel bone (calcaneus) during the procedure to rectify the problems in the foot and ankle. The normal functioning of the foot and ankle is adversely affected due to the abnormal alignment of the calcaneus. Calcaneal osteotomy is a highly successful procedure for relieving pain, and improving alignment of the calcaneus.
Patients with the following symptoms may require calcaneal osteotomy
- Recurrent ankle sprains
- Lateral ankle pains
- Chronic ankle instability
- Abnormally shifted heel too far to the inside or outside
The orthopaedic surgeon will do the clinical diagnosis of the problem using techniques such as Coleman block test or X-ray to assess the flexibility of the hind foot deformity and further assist with the surgical reconstruction plan.
Calcaneal Osteotomy Procedure
During the surgical procedure of calcaneal osteotomy, the orthopaedic surgeon first makes a skin incision on the outer aspect of the heel bone. Further, the surgeon makes a fine cut across the heel bone, protecting the associated nerves and vessels. Finally, the surgeon shifts the back part of the heel bone towards the inside or outside. Most often, surgical implants such as screws hold the bones together and support healing. Anesthesiologists administer anaesthesia to ensure a painless surgery. The surgery usually takes around 2-3 hours. In most cases, the patient undergoing this surgery can go home the same day.
A patient undergoing calcaneal osteotomy typically requires about six weeks for the bone to heal properly.