Document Type : Research Article
Introduction: Calcaneal fractures are comparatively rare injuries, which occur in 2% of all fractures According to the recent literature, 60% to 75% of these fractures are considered to be displaced and intraarticular, which evidences the difficulty of the treatment. This type of injury is more common in men compared to women because it commonly occurs as occupation associated.
Methodology: In this study of prospective design 40 patients with calcaneum fracture treated by ORIF with plates between JAN 2019 to DEC 2021 were reviewed at a tertiary centre. The
patients were called for a final follow up evaluation and the latest functional outcome assessed as for the AOFAS score and results were analysed.
Results: Young patients showed significantly better outcome with ORIF with plating. The timing of the surgery is the most important detriment for the outcome. The final functional outcome assessed with AOFAs score is encouraging with 77.1%.
Conclusion: Operatively treated calcaneum fractures with ORIF with plates gives a good functional outcome when surgical principle are strictly adhered to, proper patient selection, appropriate timing for surgery, strict asepsis, proper approach for rising full thickness flaps, accurate anatomic reduction and proper post-operative protocol with follow up which minimizes complications.