Shortening of the calcaneus treated with Ilizarov's method.

Published online: Oct 27 2000

J Lammens.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, U.Z. Pellenberg, Belgium.


The author reports the case of a sixteen year old young lady with heel shortening, due to a growth arrest of the calcaneal epiphysis, secondary to its septic involvement by a heel puncture. At the age of sixteen a lengthening according to Ilizarov's method was performed, using progressive distraction of an osteotomy of the calcaneal tuberosity. The result was satisfying with a cosmetical improvement, a painless function and a more comfortable shoe fitting.