Tumors and Tumor-Like Lesions of the Foot and Ankle: Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Hans Gollwitzer
  • Andreas K. Toepfer
  • Ludger Gerdesmeyer
  • Reiner Gradinger
  • Hans Rechl


Bone and soft tissue tumors of the foot and ankle are not rare in the foot specialist’s practice. Although masses are usually seen early with early symptoms due to compact anatomy with thin soft tissue coverage (e.g., pain on weight-bearing), diagnosis is often delayed. Diagnostic errors are more common than in other regions, since neoplasia is often not considered. Tumor size is a major prognostic factor for recurrence-free survival, and delayed diagnosis finally results in undertreatment or overtreatment with serious consequences. Thus, if early diagnosis is compelled, prognosis is generally improved.


Bone Tumor Soft Tissue Masse Synovial Sarcoma Soft Tissue Tumor Giant Cell Tumor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Gollwitzer
    • 1
  • Andreas K. Toepfer
    • 2
  • Ludger Gerdesmeyer
    • 3
  • Reiner Gradinger
    • 4
  • Hans Rechl
    • 5
  1. 1.Klinik für Orthopädie und Sportorthopädie, Klinikum rechts der IsarTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.Klinik für Orthopädie und UnfallchirurgieTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma SurgeryMare Klinikum KielKiel-KronshagenGermany
  4. 4.Clinic for Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Klinikum rechs der IsarTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  5. 5.Klinik für Orthopädie und UnfallchirurgieTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany

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