Emergency Radiology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 67–74 | Cite as

Intra-articular tongue-type fractures of the calcaneus: anatomy, injury patterns, and an approach to management

  • Eric A. WhiteEmail author
  • Matthew R. Skalski
  • George R. MatcukJr
  • Nathanael Heckmann
  • Anderanik Tomasian
  • Jordan S. Gross
  • Dakshesh B. Patel
Review Article


Intra-articular tongue-type fractures may develop skin breakdown and often require urgent surgical reduction and fixation. Recognition of the imaging findings, accurate interpretation, and timely communication may prevent devastating clinical outcomes including soft tissue coverage procedures and amputation. This article reviews the anatomy of the calcaneus, as well as the clinical presentation and imaging findings of intra-articular tongue-type fractures. Imaging interpretation and clinical management of these fractures are discussed.


Tongue-type fracture Calcaneal fracture Trauma Computed tomography Radiography Musculoskeletal 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Palmer College of Chiropractic, West CampusSan JoseUSA

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