Calcaneal Osteotomy | Heel Bone Break | Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia | MedStar Health

A calcaneal osteotomy is a controlled break of the heel bone to correct a deformity of the foot and ankle. The calcaneus, or heel bone, plays an important role in walking. Moving the heel bone to achieve a different orientation can correct many different deformities, such as flat feet, as well as functional limitations. The ultimate goal is to relieve pain, improve alignment and walking, and reduce the likelihood of arthritis.

During a calcaneal ostomy, an incision is typically made in the back of the heel and the bone is cut. The bone is then moved to the desired location and fixed in place. Most often, surgical implants such as screws hold the bones together and support healing. After the surgery, a patient must keep weight off the foot for 4 to 6 weeks. At that point, progressive weight bearing usually can start. Getting back to regular activities can occur in the 3- to 6-month range, and swelling will improve slowly.

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