Subtalar Joint

  • Paul Harwood
  • Peter V. Giannoudis


Inflammatory or degenerative arthritis of the ­subtalar joint, either idiopathic or posttraumatic. Pain is usually felt deep within the hindfoot, radiating medially and laterally. This is often exacerbated when walking on uneven ground. Examination will usually reveal normal pain-free ankle motion with limitation and pain on passive calcaneal abduction and adduction. Diagnostic injection of local anesthetic may be helpful in determining the source of pain where multiple joints in the ankle and hindfoot are affected by arthritis and may help predict the outcome of subtalar fusion.


Local Anesthetic Lateral Side Neurovascular Bundle Medial Malleolus Subtalar Joint 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic SurgeryLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK
  2. 2.Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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