Talonavicular joint arthrodesis and Evans calcaneal osteotomy for treatment of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction

J Foot Ankle Surg. Mar-Apr 1999;38(2):116-22. doi: 10.1016/s1067-2516(99)80022-2.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the combination of talonavicular fusion and Evans calcaneal osteotomy for the treatment of posterior tibial tendon dysfunction. This was a retrospective study of 10 patients, mean age 48.7 years, who had continued pain despite 6 months of conservative treatment and a minimum Johnson and Strom stage II deformity. Patients completed a detailed questionnaire, were physically examined, and their postoperative improvement was graded according to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society Ankle-Hindfoot Rating Scale. At a mean of 35 months (range 8-72 months) after surgery, patients demonstrated a significant improvement (p<.001) both in their subjective discomfort and in the structural alignment and function of their feet. The authors feel that this combination of procedures allows greater correction and stability than either procedure performed alone, and provides a viable alternative to triple arthrodesis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthrodesis* / methods
  • Calcaneus / surgery*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Leg*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteotomy* / methods
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tarsal Joints / surgery*
  • Tendinopathy / physiopathology
  • Tendinopathy / surgery*
  • Tendinopathy / therapy
  • Tendons / physiopathology*