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Post-traumatic Deformities

Post-traumatic deformities can be divided into a deformity with a joint that can be salvaged versus a joint that cannot be salvaged. In a deformity with a relatively healthy joint and mild/moderate arthritis, osteotomies or bone cuts can be performed to realign the ankle and foot. If the joint has advanced arthritis, the deformity can be corrected with osteotomies and fusion or replacement of the joints. A replacement is an option in the ankle, but a fusion is the only choice in the foot.