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J Foot Ankle Surg. 2017 Jan - Feb;56(1):87-91. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2016.08.007. Epub 2016 Nov 17.

Concomitant Contracture of the Knee and Ankle Joint After Gastrocnemius Muscle Rupture: A Case Report.

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1
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inha University Hospital, Incheon, Korea.
2
Professor, Department of Pathology, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
3
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea. Electronic address: bskim.md@gmail.com.

Abstract

Injury of the medial head of the gastrocnemius, also called "tennis leg," is known to heal uneventfully in most cases with compression and immobilization therapy. Failure to heal or long-term complications, including ongoing pain and pes equinus, have been documented in only a limited number of case reports. To the best of our knowledge, a severe concomitant contracture of the knee and ankle joint as a consequence of a maltreated gastrocnemius muscle rupture has not been previously reported in English-language reports. The purpose of the present study was to report a serious complication of neglected tennis leg with a review of the published data.

KEYWORDS:

Silfverskiold test; contracture; gastrocnemius; pes equinus; tennis leg

PMID:
27866886
DOI:
10.1053/j.jfas.2016.08.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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