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Anton Fürst, Christoph Lischer

Executive Editor

Jörg Auer

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Calcaneus: Fractures of the collateral ligament attachment

Fracture characteristics

Fractures of the distal lateral aspect of the body of the calcaneus can occur after extreme angular forces or after a kick.

Fractures of the attachment of the collateral ligaments of the calcaneus

Fractures of the calcaneus

Calcaneal fractures are often open and can be complicated by osteomyelitis, septic calcaneal bursitis, sequestration and chronic drainage. The prominence of the calcaneus makes it susceptible to external impact by kicks or other trauma.

Clnical signs and imaging

Lameness is usually severe with calcaneal fractures.
In addition to standard projections, stressed radiographs can provide important additional information. Skyline views are useful for evaluating the calcaneus and sustentaculum tali.

Fractures of the calcaneus