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Title: Ligamentous and Tendon Injuries About the Ankle

Ligamentous and Tendon Injuries About the Ankle
  • Erik N. Kubiak, MD
  • Kenneth A. Egol, MD
  • New York University-Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Original Authors J. Stephen Brecht, MD and Neil
    F. Watnik, MD March 2004
  • New Authors Erik N. Kubiak, MD Kenneth A.
    Egol, MD Revised June 2006

  • Ankle and Foot Anatomy
  • Lateral and Medial Ankle Sprains
  • Syndesmotic Injuries
  • Ankle Dislocations
  • Achilles Tendon Ruptures
  • Peroneal Tendon Dislocations
  • Poster Tibial Tendon ruptures

Ankle Anatomy
  • Distal fibula and distal tibia form a bony
    mortise that allows talar dorsiflexion and
  • Talar body is wider anterior than posterior which
    leads to less stability with plantarflexion and
    internal rotation

Talar Anatomy
  • The talus has a shallow bicondylar appearance
    that has reciprocal articulations on the tibial
  • Injuries that leave the ankle unstable can change
    the ankle articulation and contribute to
    premature articular cartilage damage

Medial Collateral Ligaments
  • Superficial
  • Superficial talotibial, naviculotibial, and
    calcaneotibial fibers
  • Deep
  • Deep anterior talotibial and posterior talotibial
    fibers from posterior colliculus to talus
  • Strongest portion of the Deltoid ligament

Lateral Collateral Ligaments
  • Anterior Talofibular Ligament
  • First injured in lateral sprain with
    plantarflexed ankle
  • Calcaneofibular Ligament
  • Strongest lateral ligament
  • First injured in lateral sprain with dorsiflexed
  • Posterior Talofibular Ligament

  • Anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament
  • Posterior inferior tibiofibular ligament
  • Transverse tibiofibular ligament
  • Interosseous membrane

  • Tendons
  • Achilles Tendon
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon
  • FDL and FHL
  • Tibialis Anterior tendon
  • Vessels
  • Saphenous vein anteriorly
  • Posterior tibial artery
  • Nerves
  • Tibial nerve posteriorly

  • Tendons
  • Peroneus Brevis
  • Peroneus Longus
  • Nerves
  • Superficial peroneal nerve
  • Sural nerve

  • Extensor retinaculum
  • Tendons
  • Tibialis Anterior
  • EHL
  • EDL
  • Dorsalis Pedis Artery
  • Deep Peroneal Nerve

Ankle Sprains
  • Most common ligamentous injury
  • One sprain per day per 10,000 people
  • 40 will have intermittent chronic problems
    (Garrick, Am J Sports Med, 1977)
  • More common on the lateral aspect of the ankle

Ankle Sprain
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Syndesmotic Injury
  • Peroneal tendon subluxation
  • Posterior tibial tendon tear
  • Achilles tendon tear
  • 5th metatarsal base fracture
  • Midfoot injuries
  • Lateral talar process fracture
  • Anterior process of calcaneus fracture

Ankle Sprain
  • History
  • Description of the injury
  • Position of the ankle during the injury
  • Able to continue to play or bear weight
  • Previous injury
  • Site of injury

Ankle Sprain
  • Physical Exam
  • Palpation over medial and lateral malleoli
  • Palpation over deltoid ligament
  • Palpation over ATFL, CFL, and PTFL
  • Neurovascular exam
  • Anterior drawer test for ATFL
  • Talar tilt to assess CFL
  • Squeeze test to look for syndesmotic injury

Ankle Sprains
  • Most common mechanism of ankle injury is
    inversion stress with plantarflexion
  • May lead to ankle fracture, sprain, or
    syndesmotic injury
  • Abduction or adduction are other mechanisms

Ankle Radiographs
  • AP of the Ankle
  • AB lt 5mm is normal
  • BC gt 10 mm is normal

Ankle Radiographs
  • Mortise View
  • Ankle internally rotated
  • AB clear space
  • BC
  • Talocrural angle (83 degrees)
  • Medial clear space lt4 mm

Ankle Stress Radiographs
  • Talar tilt view
  • Ankle block allows better exam
  • Demonstrates complete ligamentous instability
  • Talar tilt lt2 mm
  • External rotation view
  • Useful in identifying syndesmotic injury

Ankle Stress Radiographs
  • Anterior drawer stress view
  • No fracture seen
  • gt3 mm anterior translation compared to
    contralateral side or gt10 mm translation
  • Incongruency of ankle joint present
  • Ligamentous instability present

Ankle Sprain Classification
  • Histologic Classification
  • Grade I Ligamentous stretching without
    macroscopic tearing
  • Grade II Partial macroscopic tearing
  • Grade III Complete ligamentous rupture

Ankle Sprain Classification
  • Anatomic Classification
  • Grade I ATFL disruption
  • Grade II ATFL and CFL disruption
  • Grade II Complete ligamentous disruption
  • Clinical Grading
  • Grade I
  • Stress tests normal
  • Grade II
  • Increased pain swelling
  • May have positive stress tests
  • Grade III
  • Severe pain swelling
  • Positive stress tests

Lateral Ankle Sprains
  • Commonly missed diagnoses
  • Peroneal tendon injuries
  • Achilles injuries
  • FXs
  • Lateral process of talus
  • Anterior process of calcaneus
  • Fifth metatarsal
  • Lisfranc injuries
  • Osteochondritis dessicans

Lateral Ankle Sprains
Lateral Process FX of the Talus Snowboarders
Lateral Ankle Sprains
  • X-rays are based on careful physical exam
  • MRI rarely indicated in the acute setting
  • Consider stressing syndesmosis and Lisfranc
    joints if injury is suspected

Ankle Sprain Treatment
  • RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) with
    ankle brace initially and protected weight
    bearing for Grade I and II
  • ROM exercises
  • Peroneal strengthening and proprioceptive
  • Bracing or taping for 4-6 weeks depending on
  • Return to sports when able to cut without pain
  • Severe sprain may require up to 6 months of
    protective bracing

Ankle Sprain Treatment
  • Grade III sprain may require a walking boot or a
    cast for 4 6 weeks
  • Extended period of protective bracing may be
  • Return to play criteria remain the same
  • Need to be aware of possibility for syndesmosis
    injury (high ankle sprain)

Lateral Ankle Sprains
  • Management surgical
  • Acute surgical repair not supported by literature
  • symptomatic chronic instability may require
    surgical intervention
  • Anatomic Brostrom repair favored over nonanatomic
    rerouting procedures

Medial Ankle Sprain
  • 5 ankle sprains
  • Forced eversion
  • Injury to deltoid ligament
  • May be associated with syndesmotic injury and/or
    Weber C fibula FX

Medial Ankle Sprain
  • Tenderness/swelling over deltoid
  • External rotation test elicits pain in the
    deltoid and possibly in syndesmosis

Medial Ankle Sprain
  • AP/LAT/OBLIQUE ankle x-rays to assess mortise and
  • Medial joint space widening
  • Syndesmotic widening
  • Presence fibula FX
  • Consider external rotation stress x-rays if
    syndesmotic disruption is suspected

Medial Ankle Sprain
  • Management
  • Stable (no talar subluxation)
  • Similar to lateral sprains
  • RICE, early wgt bearing, early ROM, functional
    brace, functional rehab
  • Unstable (talar subluxation)
  • No talar subluxation is acceptable
  • Anatomic reduction and surgical stabilization of

Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability
  • Persistent mechanical instability of the
    talocrural joint
  • Develops after acute rupture in up to 20 of
  • Related to functional lateral ankle instability
  • Defined by frequent sprains, diff running on
    uneven surfaces, diff jumping or cutting
  • Related to previous ankle sprain, chronic ankle
    instability, peroneal weakness
  • Treatment supervised rehabilitation program
    focusing on peroneal strengthening,
    proprioception, and coordination

Surgical Indications Chronic Ankle Instability
  • Continued instability or recurrent injury despite
    supervised rehabilitation and functional bracing
    (Semirigid pneumatic ankle brace).
  • Surgical treatments
  • Evans Procedure- recon using entire P.Brevis
  • Watson-Jones entire P.Brevis anatomic recon ATFL
  • Chrisman-Snook recon ATFL and CFL using split P.
    Longus graft
  • Modified Brostrom procedure direct repair of
    ligament, modified by Gould such that inferior
    ext retinaculum is used to reinforce repair

Ligament Reconstructions
  • These procedures use the peroneal tendons to
    reconstruct the lateral ligamentous complex
  • Higher complication rates than Brostrom
  • More restricted ankle and subtalar motion
    (Colville, JAAOS, 1998)

Ligament Repair Modified Brostrom
  • Repair of the ATFL
  • Repair of the CFL
  • Reefing of the lateral extensor retinaculum
  • May be modified to advance the ligaments through
    drill holes or use of suture anchors

Syndesmosis Injury
  • 10 of ankle sprains
  • Rupture of the interosseous ligaments between the
    tibia and fibula with or without fibular fracture
  • Medial malleolar fracture or deltoid ligament
  • Persistent instability and gap in the joint after
    bimalleolar fixation

Syndesmosis Exam
  • Squeeze Test
  • Squeeze the syndesmosis above the ankle?pain
  • Abduction-External Rotation Stress Test
  • Further instability with external rotation (may
    be shown with x-ray)

Stress Radiograph - Technique
Syndesmotic (High) Ankle Sprains
  • AP/LAT/OBLIQUE ankle x-rays
  • Syndesmotic widening
  • Medial joint space widening
  • Presence of fibula FX
  • External rotation stress x-rays
  • Severe pain associated with normal x-rays
  • Must get tib/fib x-rays to rule out high fibula

Stress View
  • SER-2
  • Negative Stress view
  • External rotation of foot with ankle in neutral
    flexion (00)
  • Stable ? Treatment FWBAT

Stress View Widened Medial Clear Space
Classification Edwards and Delee
  • Type I
  • Lateral subluxation of talus
  • gt5mm b/n lateral anterior tibial tubercle and
    medial fibula
  • Type II
  • Lateral subluxation of talus
  • Plastic deformity of fibula
  • Type III
  • Posterior rotatory displacement of talus and
  • Type IV
  • Complete ankle diastasis with superior talus
  • Treatment temp fixation with syndesmosis screw
    followed by casting and non-weight bearing with
    gradual weight bearing

Syndesmosis Injury
  • Treatment
  • Non-displaced without fracture
  • May consider casting for 6 weeks (high ankle
  • Surgical treatment with syndesmotic screws
  • Displaced
  • Surgical treatment with syndesmotic screws

Syndesmosis Injury
  • Maximally dorsiflex hindfoot
  • Reduce the syndesmosis with a large clamp under
    fluoro by internally rotating the fibula and
    compressing it to the tibia
  • Perform medial arthrotomy if unable to reduce in
    order to debride medial ankle joint

  • 1 or 2 3.5 or 4.5 mm cortical screws
  • Placed 1.5-2.0 cm superior to ankle joint line
    parallel to ankle joint from the posterolateral
    fibula to the anteromedial tibia
  • Screws are not lagged!

Syndesmosis Controversies
  • Number of Screws
  • One vs. two, 3.5 mm screw vs. 4.5 mm screw
  • Number of Cortices
  • Three vs. four cortices
  • Ankle position during placement
  • Classically dorsiflexion was advocated
  • Tornetta showed no difference with plantarflexion

New Techniques
  • Thornes et al. CORR 2005 Describe in the use of
    heavy suture and endobuttons to reduce and fix
    the ankle syndesmosis.
  • Potential Benefits flexible fixation, no need
    for implant removal, earlier weight bearing,
    improved functional outcomes.

Syndesmosis Post-Op
  • Place in a cast or removable boot NWB
  • May consider screw removal after 3 months
  • Weight bearing will break screws, but does not
    cause clinical problems
  • Premature weight bearing may break screws and
    lead to syndesmosis widening

Ankle Dislocations
  • Isolated ankle dislocation is rare
  • Mechanism is forced inversion that results in a
    posteromedial dislocation
  • Anterolateral ligaments damaged
  • Commonly open 30 - 90
  • Rule out neurovascular injury

Tibiotalar Dislocations
  • OTA classification
  • Anterior
  • posterior

Tibiotalar Dislocations
  • Management closed injury
  • Check neurovascular status
  • Prompt closed reduction
  • Cast for 6 weeks in plantigrade position
  • Results generally good
  • Results not improved with acute ligament repair
  • Late instability rare

Tibiotalar Dislocations
  • Management open injuries
  • Check neurovascular status
  • IV ABX and reduction in ER
  • Emergent ID
  • Ligament repair if they can be identified easily

Tibiotalar Dislocations
  • Management open injuries
  • Consider stabilization with ex-fix to facilitate
    care of soft tissues
  • Prognosis worse than closed injuries
  • Stabilize syndesmosis if disrupted
  • Immediate wound closure if possible

Ankle Dislocations
  • Post operative care
  • Open reduction may require ex fix or cast to hold
    the repair in place
  • Long term instability is rare
  • May have development of arthosis over time

Achilles Tendon Ruptures
  • Anatomy
  • 10-12 cm long
  • 0.5-1.0 cm diameter
  • Avascular zone 2-6 cm proximal to insertion
  • Fibers rotate 90 degrees at insertion

Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • History
  • Acute pain in the back of the ankle with
    contraction, no antecedent history of calf or
    heal pain
  • Average age 35
  • Steroids, fluorquinolones, and chronic overuse
    may predispose to rupture
  • Pathology
  • Rupture occurs 3-4 cm above the Achilles
    insertion in a watershed area

Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Physical Exam
  • Tenderness over achilles tendon
  • Palpable defect
  • Positive Thompsons test
  • Needle test- needle inserted midline 10cm
    proximal to the superior aspect of the calcaneous
    moves towards the foot when the calf is squeezed

Achilles Tendon Ruptures
  • Surgical repair
  • Younger active patients
  • Nonoperative treatment
  • Older sedentary patients
  • Patients with increased risk of soft tissue
  • IDDM
  • Smokers
  • Vascular disease

Achilles Tendon Ruptures
  • Nonoperative treatment
  • Weaker tendon
  • Higher risk re-rupture
  • Slower return to sport
  • No surgical morbidity
  • Lower cost

Indications of Non-Operative Versus Operative
  • Indications
  • Non-Operative Tx may be indicated for older
    patients with minimally displaced ruptures
  • Non-Operative may be indicated for patients who
    are at an increased operative risk due to age or
    medical problems
  • Note that younger patients w/ expectations of
    participating in sports such as basketball may
    not be good candidates for non operative Tx

Management of Non-Operative Tx
  • Short leg cast strategy (SLC)
  • SLC is applied w/ ankle in plantarflexion
  • Cast is brought out of equinus over 8-10 weeks
  • Walking is allowed (in the cast) at 4-6 weeks
  • Alternatively, consider using functional brace
    starting in 45 degrees of flexion
  • Following casting, a 2 cm heel lift is worn for
    an additional 2-4 months
  • Long leg cast (LLC)
  • Initial LLC in gravity equinus for 6 weeks,
    followed by short leg cast for 4 weeks

Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Non-Operative
  • Resistance exercises started at 8 weeks
  • Return to sports in 4 6 months
  • May take 12 months to regain maximal
    plantarflexion power

Clinical Evidence to Support Nonoperative
  • Benefits no wound complications, no scar,
    decreased patient cost.
  • Disadvantage up to 39 re-rupture rate,
    increased patient dissatisfaction, decreased
    power, strength and endurance.
  • Nistor and later Gilles and Chalmers-
    non-operative treatment preferred because
  • No hospitalizations
  • No wound complications
  • No difference in functional strength
  • Gillies and Chalmers-
  • 80 vs. 84.3 return of strength compared to
    unaffected side, non-op and operative,
  • Wills, 775 patients the overall complication rate
    of surgically treated Achilles tendon ruptures
    was 20.
  • skin necrosis, wound infection, sural neuromas,
    adhesions of the scar to the skin, and the usual
    anesthesia risks

Non-operative Protocol
  • Nistor and by Lea and Smith
  • 8 weeks in short led equinous cast- WBAT as soon
    as cast is dry followed by 4 weeks with 2.5cm
    shoe lift
  • McComis et al.
  • Functional brace WBAT, permitted active
    plantarflexion with dorsal block to maintain
  • 5/15 patients had positive Thompson test at 2

Achilles Tendon Ruptures
  • Surgical repair
  • Superior tendon strength
  • Lower risk re-rupture (1-3)
  • Quicker return to sport
  • surgical morbidity
  • Infection
  • Dehiscence
  • Superficial nerve injury
  • Increased cost

Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Surgical treatment
  • Preferred for athletes
  • Medial incision avoids the sural nerve
  • Percutaneous vs. Open treatments described
  • Isolate the paratenon as a separate layer

Clinical Results Surgical Reconstruction
  • Benefits 0-5 re-rupture rate, gt percentage
    patients return to sport, improved power,
    strength, and endurance.
  • Disadvantages gt patient cost and wound
  • Clinical series many techniques
  • Most Bunnel or Modified Kessler suture
  • Some with augmentation EHL vs. Gastrocnemius
    fascia vs. Plantaris tendon

Operative Support
  • Cetti et al. compared operative versus
    non-operative treatment in a prospective study
    with 111 patients
  • In the operative group (56 patients), there were
    three re-ruptures (5) and two deep infections,
    as compared with eight re-ruptures (15) in the
    non-operative group (55 patients)
  • The operative group had a significantly higher
    rate of resuming sports activities at same level
    prior to rupture (57.1 vs 29.1 of pts), a
    lesser degree of calf atrophy (1.6 cm vs 1.1 cm
    calf circum.), significantly fewer complaints at
    1 year (29 vs 49 of pts), and better ankle
    movement at 1 year (82 vs 53 of pts, op vs
    non-op, respectively)

Operative Support (cont.)
  • In separate studies, Helgeland and Inglis
  • showed that surgical treatment of Achilles tendon
    rupture resulted in increased strength
  • Haggemark et al. compared the functional work
    capacity in patients managed by open repair or in
    a closed fashion
  • significant deficits in the patients treated
  • Mandelbaum et al
  • direct repair lost only 2.6 of their strength
  • 92 of athletes were able to return to their
    respective sports at a similar level at 6 months

Percutaneous Achilles Repair
Clinical Results Surgical Treatment
  • Jessing and Hansen primary repair compared to
    direct technique combined with Gastroc fascia
    turn down. No diff re-rupture one in each group.
  • Mortensen et al. 71 acute repairs ½ immobilized
    for 8 weeks versus ½ early motion in below the
    knee brace. Improved ROM and earlier return to
    sport/work in the early motion group.
  • Suchak et al. Meta-analysis 315 patient ½ 6-8 wk
    post-op immob vs ½ early ROM.
  • Increased excellent rate responses early ROM
  • No diff complication rates
  • No diff re-rupture
  • Khan et al. Meta-analysis 800 patient acute
    operative repair vs. non-operative management
  • Operative repair reduced re-rupture rate at the
    cost of increased complication rate.
    Complication rate was reduced with post operative
    functional bracing and use of percutaneous

Summary of Expected Outcome Non-Operative Versus
  • Re-rupture rates between 10 and 35 have been
    reported in the literature after closed
    management of Achilles tendon ruptures rates of
    0-4 have been reported after operative
  • When major complications, including re-ruptures
    are compared, both forms of Tx have similar
    complication rates
  • 83 of surgical patients vs 69 immobilization
    patients returned to the pre-injury level of
  • 93 of surgical patients were satisfied with the
    results of treatment vs 66 of immobilized

  • The current preferred treatment in young and
    other wise healthy patients is surgical repair
  • Conservative treatment remains an acceptable
    alternative in older, sick or sedentary patients
    who have fewer physical demands with limited
    functional and athletic goals

Achilles Tendon Injury
  • X-ray
  • Lateral ankle X-ray to exclude avulsion from the
  • MRI
  • - May be useful to diagnose partial
    rupture only

Achilles Tendon Avulsion
  • Treatment includes ORIF of avulsion or
    reinsertion on the calcaneus with suture anchors

Chronic Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • History
  • Remote hx trauma, post pain, gradual improvement
    of symptoms, palpable tendon defect.
  • No hx trauma, gradual thickening of tendon, AM
    startup pain, pain ascending/descending stairs.
  • Physical Exam
  • Hatchet posterior calf at site of defect at
    resolution of swelling
  • Positive Thompson test
  • Weakened plantar flexion

  • lt3 cm gap, lt3 months oldprimary repair
  • gt3cm gapscar tissue debridement and V-Y
    lengthening of proximal gastroc tendon granted
    that remaining tissue no evidence inflammation
  • Evidence chronic inflammationaugmentation with
    FHL tendon

Chronic Achilles Rupture
  • Chronic rupture may be reconstructed with FHL,
    FDL, or slip from gastrocnemius

Achilles Tendon Ruptures
Reconstruction of neglected rupture with peroneus
longus and plantaris weave
V-Y Lengthening gt3 cm
Debride necrotic tissue
Advance Tendon
Suture Repair
FHL Transfer gt3cm with tendinopathy
  • Reflect abductor hallucis and flexor hallucis
  • FHL medial to FDL

FHL Transfer
Tag each end of tendon
FHL Transfer
Distal FHL sutured to FDL with ankle and toes in
Confirm full hallux MTP dorsiflexion, otherwise
retension and residual clawing
FHL Transfer
Clinical Results Delayed Reconstruction
  • Wapner et al. First to describe FHL transfer
  • Described in 7 patients with mean FU 17 months-
    satisfactory return of function in all patients
    despite persistent loss of ROM in ankle and great
  • No wound complications
  • Miskulin et al. Repair of chronic ruptures
  • Augmentation of repairs with local peroneus
    brevis and plantaris.
  • 5 patients 4/5 improved plantar flexion strength
    at one year.
  • No wound complications

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation
  • Peroneal tendons course behind the distal fibula
  • The peroneus brevis may have degenerative changes
    if the injury is not identified in a timely

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation
  • The peroneal retinaculum may be avulsed from the
    fibula or calcaneus or lifted up enough to allow
    tendon dislocation

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation
  • Forceful contraction of peroneals during sudden
    dorsiflexion and inversion
  • Usually cutting sport
  • Frequently misdiagnosed as ankle sprain

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation
  • Tenderness/swelling retromalleolar area
  • Active eversion may demonstrate subluxing tendons
  • X-rays may reveal a small avulsion FX off the
    posterior lateral malleolus
  • MRI may reveal subluxed tendons

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation
  • X-ray
  • May show avulsion of retinaculum from fibula
  • Conservative treatment
  • Casting in slight plantarflexion and inversion
    for 6 weeks non weight bearing
  • Allows the retinaculum to heal if the tendons can
    be reduced closed
  • Successful if the injury is identified early

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation
  • Surgery
  • ORIF retinacular piece if possible
  • Repair retinaculum if possible
  • Soft tissue reconstruction with sling for

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation
  • Bone block surgeries such as Kellys or DuVries
  • Debridement of peroneus brevis may be necessary
    if degenerative changes are present and tenodesis

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation
  • Surgery
  • Deepening of the groove has become more popular
  • Post Operative Care
  • NWB for 6 weeks
  • Passive motion after 2 weeks
  • Strengthening after 6 weeks

Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Anatomy
  • Arises from posterior aspect intermuscular septum
  • Inserts on tarsal bones
  • Avascular zone posterior to medial malleolus
  • High frictional load posterior to medial malleolus

Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Function
  • Inverter of hindfoot
  • Locks transverse tarsal joint
  • Maintains height longitudinal arch
  • Maintains neutral position of hindfoot at 7-10

Posterior Tibial Tendon
  • History
  • More commonly an attritional rupture over time
    than an acute rupture
  • Patient may complain of flat foot and midfoot
  • Sports with quick changes of direction may put
    increased force on tendon
  • X-ray
  • Foot x-ray may show medial talar displacement

Posterior Tibial Tendon
  • Physical Exam
  • Hindfoot valgus and forefoot abduction that give
    the too many toes sign
  • Pain in the midfoot and weakness in inversion
    from an everted position
  • Late stages may demonstrate sinus tarsi pain from
  • Single heel rise - Lack of supination of the
    foot and inversion of the heel while rising on
  • Flexible vs. rigid deformity

AP Radiograph
  • Talonavicular coverage- as arch collapses the
    talarhead coverage by the navicular is lost
  • Anterior talocalcaneal angle increases
  • Talus-1st MT diverges or angle increases

Lateral Radiograph
  • Increased Talus-forefoot angle
  • B. Increased Talus Calcaneous angle
  • - plantarflexed talus
  • C. Decreased Calcaneal Pitch
  • Negative Med Cun-5th MT
  • normally the 5th MT is more plantar than the
    medial cuneiform

Talus-1st MT and Calcaneal Pitch
Colinear Talus-1st MT Normal calcaneal pitch
Divergent Talus-1st MT Loss of calcaneal pitch
Posterior Tibial Tendon
Lateral subtalar dislocation
Posterior Tibial Tendon
  • Conservative Treatment
  • UCBL orthosis for chronic problem or in the
    relatively inactive population
  • Rest and NSAIDS
  • Consider casting in recalcitrant cases
  • Shoe modification
  • Orthotics with medial wedges

Posterior Tibialis Reconstruction
  • Surgery for the flexible deformity
  • Reconstruction of the posterior tibial tendon
    with FDL or FHL
  • Medial calcaneal wedge osteotomy or lateral
    column lengthening through the calcaneus
  • Fig 14, page 1705 from Acquired adult flatfoot
    deformity in Orthopaedics, 2002

Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Chronic rupture
  • Develop gradually
  • Women over 40
  • Tenderness/swelling over tendon
  • Forefoot abduction
  • too many toes sign
  • Absent single heel raise
  • Loss of height of arch
  • Hindfoot valgus

Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Imaging
  • Weightbearing radiographs
  • Degree deformity
  • Presence arthritis
  • Assessment longitudinal arch
  • MRI
  • Method of choice in imaging posterior tibial

Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Chronic rupture
  • Stage I
  • Pain, weakness, no deformity
  • Stage II
  • Flexible flatfoot deformity
  • Stage III
  • Rigid flatfoot deformity
  • Radiographic subluxation/arthritis

Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Chronic rupture
  • Stage I
  • Pain, weakness, no deformity
  • Stage II
  • Flexible flatfoot deformity
  • Stage III
  • Rigid flatfoot deformity
  • Radiographic subluxation/arthritis

Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Management
  • Chronic rupture
  • Stage I
  • Nonop (NSAID, arch support, AFO)
  • Tenosynovectomy if SXs persist
  • Stage II
  • nonop (medial wedge, arch support, or AFO)
  • Surgical TX controversial
  • Reconstruction utilizing FDL or split anterior
    tibial tendon
  • Deformity frequently recurs
  • Calcaneal osteotomies hold promise

Posterior Tibial Tendon Rupture
  • Management
  • Chronic rupture
  • Stage III
  • Nonop AFO
  • Surgical arthrodesis (type depends on deformity
    and site of arthritis)
  • Subtalar
  • Double
  • Triple

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