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Fractures du calcanéum: du traumatisme aux séquelles [Fractures of the calcaneus: the injury and its sequelae]
Revue Médicale Suisse
The calcaneus gives shape to the heel. Its special position places it in direct contact with the floor, upon which rests the weight of the body. It assures the transition between the vertical skeleton and horizontal surface of the foot, thus permitting ambulation. The calcaneus is subjected to high physical stress, yet at the same time its complex articulating surfaces permit fine adaptation to the ground. Fractures of the calcaneus result from a high energy injury, usually a fall from a height. The treatment of such fractures poses difficult problems. The functional sequelae of the injury may be severe, prolonged, and frequently results in a permanent disability. This is due not only to the type of fracture, but the orthopaedic management as well. Careful evaluation of the patient, fracture pattern, soft tissue condition, and treatment modalities is obligatory to achieve the optimal result.
Calcaneus, Fracture Fixation, Internal, Fractures, Bone, Humans
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