Retrograde Hindfoot Nailing for Acute Trauma

Ivan S. Tarkin, Mitchell S. Fourman

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Purpose of Review: The role of retrograde hindfoot nailing in the treatment of acute orthopedic trauma is explored. Recent Findings: Tibio-talar calcaneal (TTC) nailing is an acceptable treatment alternative for the low-demand geriatric patient with peri-articular ankle trauma permitting immediate weight-bearing with low rates of complication and return to functionality. Hindfoot nailing can be used for limb salvage in the younger active patient; yet, joint-preserving reconstruction is preferred when feasible. Summary: Retrograde TTC nailing is a reliable option for hindfoot/distal tibia stabilization especially in the elderly frail population. Hindfoot nailing is reserved for a select subset of active patients when severity of bone, joint, and soft tissue injury are not amenable to more conventional reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-444
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Geriatric ankle fracture
  • Hindfoot nail
  • Limb salvage
  • Primary ankle fusion
  • Tibio-talar calcaneal nail

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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