Mini-open technique for the Achilles tenotomy in correction of idiopathic Clubfoot - A report of 25 cases

Doğan A., Kalender A. M., Seramet E., Uslu M., Sebik A.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN PODIATRIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, vol.98, no.5, pp.414-417, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Achilles tenotomy is performed for the residual equinus deformity in the Ponseti method of clubfoot treatment. In the present article, we describe a mini-open Achilles tenotomy technique to prevent complications that could occur during tenotomy. This technique was performed on 15 patients (25 feet) during a 3-year period in our clinic on patients whose equinus deformities could not have been corrected by manipulations. Clear improvement (mean angle, 30) was observed in equinus in our patients, and we have not seen any complication in this method. We conclude that direct visualizing of the tendon with mini-open incision may reduce the risk of neurovascular injury, especially for surgeons who are not experienced.