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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.

Original publication




Journal article


J bone joint surg br

Publication Date





377 - 379


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