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Descriptions of Lower Extremity Surgeries
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Calcaneal Lengthening/Lateral Column Lengthening


Why is this surgery recommended?

  • Correct a flat foot or outward rotation of the foot

  • Improve positioning of the foot

What happens during surgery?


Your child's surgeon will make a cut on the outside of the foot.
The outside of the heel bone is cut and a new piece of bone (bone graft) is inserted. This pushes the foot into a straighter position.
Often the bone graft is taken from the child’s pelvis. This requires another incision near the hip.
The new bone graft is held in place by pins that are removed 3-4 weeks after the surgery during your child’s follow up clinic visit.

Illustrations by Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare



Calcaneal Lengthening - After Surgery