De-epithelialized fasciocutaneous turnover flap for recurrent calcaneal wound with osteomyelitis

J Foot Ankle Surg. 2014 Jan-Feb;53(1):83-7. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2013.03.002. Epub 2013 Jul 31.


Recurrent ulcerations of the foot and ankle almost always present a challenge to lower extremity surgeons. Recalcitrant heel ulcerations with osteomyelitis are especially difficult to treat because of the lack of soft tissue coverage. The turnover flap is a simple, fast, and effective treatment method for lower extremity wounds. It is a de-epithelialized fasciocutaneous flap harvested from the adjacent area of the wound. We believe it is an underused technique for advanced wound closure in the lower extremity. It offers several advantages compared with traditional, more difficult to perform, flaps. We have seen an excellent result 18 months after using the turnover flap in a patient with recurrent posterior heel ulceration with calcaneal osteomyelitis.

Keywords: 4; bone infection; calcaneus; heel; split-thickness skin graft; sural artery flap; surgery; ulceration.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Calcaneus / microbiology
  • Calcaneus / surgery*
  • Foot Ulcer / etiology
  • Foot Ulcer / microbiology
  • Foot Ulcer / surgery*
  • Heel
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteomyelitis / complications
  • Osteomyelitis / therapy*
  • Recurrence
  • Surgical Flaps*