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Foot Ankle. 1989 Oct;10(2):81-7.

Experimental intra-articular calcaneal fractures: anatomic basis for a new classification.

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University of Missouri, Kansas City.


Experimental calcaneus fractures were produce by axially loading 18 specimens. Anatomic dissections were performed and documented. Two constant primary fracture lines were identified, dividing the calcaneus in the coronal and sagittal planes. A constant anterolateral fragment was identified, as were three patterns of calcaneocuboid joint fracture involvement. Based on the pathoanatomy and surgical anatomy of the calcaneus, a medial and lateral column classification is proposed. The medial column includes the superomedial fragment. The lateral column includes the calcaneocuboid joint, lateral wall and posterior facet. This concept can help identify fracture displacements and correlate them with a treatment plan.

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