Talectomy for arthrogrypotic foot deformities: A systematic review

Foot Ankle Surg. 2023 Jan;29(1):15-21. doi: 10.1016/j.fas.2022.10.002. Epub 2022 Oct 15.


Background: Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is one of the most common congenital joint contracture syndromes. Talectomy has been proposed for severe foot deformities in AMC, but the literature is limited. The purpose of this systematic review is to evaluate the indications, outcomes and complications of talectomy in arthrogrypotic foot deformities.

Methods: The articles were found through Embase and Medline. Screening was conducted by two independent investigators with disagreements resolved by a third reviewer. Relevant data regarding demographics, outcomes and complications were collected.

Results: Of 232 feet, 71.98 % and 62.22 % had clinical and radiographic improvements respectively. Amongst 122 patients, 92.62 % could ambulate following surgery. Recurrent deformities and revision surgery were seen in 16.81 % and 13.36 % of cases respectively.

Conclusions: Talectomy is a valid surgical option for severe arthrogrypotic foot deformities with favorable post-operative outcomes and low complication rate.

Keywords: Arthrogryposis; Clubfoot; Pediatric; Talectomy; Vertical talus.

Publication types

  • Systematic Review
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthrogryposis* / surgery
  • Clubfoot* / surgery
  • Foot / surgery
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations* / surgery
  • Orthopedic Procedures* / adverse effects
  • Talus* / surgery