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Hind-foot correction and stabilization by pins in plaster after surgical release of talipes equino varus feet in older children

Mohamed M El-Sayed1* and Osama A Seleem2

Author Affiliations

1 Mohamed M El-Sayed, Consultant & Lecturer of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology, Tanta University, 3111, Tanta, Gharbia, Egypt

2 Osama A Seleem, Consultant & Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology, Tanta University, 3111, Tanta, Gharbia, Egypt

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Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 2010, 5:42  doi:10.1186/1749-799X-5-42

Published: 2 July 2010

Abstract

Congenital talipes equino varus (CTEV) is a three dimensional deformity and is one of the most common congenital abnormalities affecting the lower limb and can be challenging to manage. Hind-foot deformity is considered the most difficult to treat. Unfortunately, the calcaneus is often small and thus difficult to control during casting after surgical release in severe or relapsed cases. We used three pins to control and maintain the hind foot correction, after surgical release, during casting in 47 cases (59 feet). We introduced a modified, coronal plane, transverse calcaneal pin. This pin is inserted from medial to lateral through the calcaneus to correct the varus mal-positioning of the calcaneus in the sagittal plane and to provide a better control on the small sized, hind-foot during casting. We paid special attention to the final hind-foot deformity after surgery, and the results were favorable after the application of this transverse pin.