Surgical versus conservative interventions for displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures

Added April 9, 2013

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There is insufficient high quality evidence to establish whether surgical or conservative treatment is better for adults with displaced intra-articular calcaneal (heel bone) fracture.

Fractures of the calcaneus (heel bone) comprise up to 2% of all fractures, and are mostly caused by a fall from a height, and common in younger adults. Treatment can be surgical or non-surgical. However, there is clinical uncertainty over optimal management. This review assessed the effects of surgical compared with conservative treatment of displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures in adults.