Executive Editor: Joseph Schatzker

Authors: Richard Buckley, Andrew Sands

Calcaneus - Displaced body fractures, ORIF - plate and screw fixation

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Initially, the patient’s foot and ankle are kept in a well-padded posterior splint that maintains the foot in a neutral position. Surgical drains are removed 2 days after surgery.
The leg should be elevated through the first number of weeks. The ankle and subtalar joint are put through range-of-motion exercises as soon as possible, usually by 2-5 days.
Weight bearing is delayed until 8-12 weeks, depending upon the degree of comminution and the adequacy of the fixation.
Radiography including lateral and axial views is obtained at 6,12 and 26 weeks.

v1.0 2010-10-14