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Achilles tenotomy is a recognised step in the Ponseti technique for the correction of idiopathic congenital talipes equinovarus in most percutaneous cases. Its use has been limited in part by concern that the subsequent natural history of the tendon is unknown. In a study of 11 tendons in eight infants, eight tendons were shown to be clinically intact and ten had ultrasonographic evidence of continuity three weeks after tenotomy. At six weeks after tenotomy all tendons had both clinical and ultrasonographic evidence of continuity.

Type

Journal article

Journal

The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume

Publication Date

03/2006

Volume

88

Pages

377 - 379

Addresses

Beit Trust CURE International Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi. s.barker@nhs.net

Keywords

Achilles Tendon, Humans, Clubfoot, Treatment Outcome, Orthopedic Procedures, Wound Healing, Infant, Female, Male