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  • Impact Factor: 1.995**
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  • ISSN: 2474-1647
  • DOI: 10.25107/2474-1647
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  •  Minimally Invasive Surgery
  •  Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  •  Obstetrics Surgery
  •  Vascular Surgery
  •  Surgical Oncology
  •  Emergency Surgery
  •  Endocrine Surgery
  •  Bariatric Surgery


Citation: Clin Surg. 2018;3(1):2119.Case Report | Open Access

Isolated "Nutcracker" Fracture of the Anterior Calcaneal Process: Do We Need a More Comprehensive Classification for this Injury Spectrum? A Case Report

Pasquale Sessa and Marzia Mascarello

Department of Anatomical, Histological, Forensic Medicine and Orthopaedics Sciences, BIT. New San Giovanni di
Dio Hospital, Florence, Italy
Department of Anatomical, Histological, The Locomotor-Sapienza Apparatus University of Rome, Rome, Italy

*Correspondance to: Pasquale Sessa 

 PDF  Full Text DOI: 10.25107/2474-1647.2119


Fractures of the anterior calcaneal process are relatively rare accounting for 3% to 15% of all calcaneal fractures and can occur due to high or low energy trauma. Avulsion fractures are generally due to forced inversion and plantar flexion of the foot and are associated with ligament tears. More rare impaction fractures, i.e. nutcracker fractures, are commonly described as due to a forced eversion and abduction of the foot with compression forcing the anterior process of the calcaneus against the cuboid. Clinical features are subtle and X-ray examination for the diagnosis of anterior calcaneal process fracture is challenging. A CT examination can reveal the fracture and should be performed whenever a doubt exists for correct diagnosis. Here we present the unique clinical case of a 44ys old female patient who suffered an isolated compression fracture of the anterior calcaneal process due to a fall from a stair with forced foot eversion and low energy trauma mechanism. The patient healed uneventfully with a conservative treatment. A more comprehensive classification of this spectrum injury is sought as many different fracture or combined bone-ligamentous lesions exist requiring different surgical or non surgical management. Actually, no clear guidelines exist in literature assisting the treating physician in the management of such challenging lesions.


Isolated anterior calcaneal process fracture; Nutcracker fracture; Midtarsal sprain; Chopart fracture-dislocation

Cite the article

Sessa P, Mascarello M. Isolated "Nutcracker" Fracture of the Anterior Calcaneal Process: Do We Need a More Comprehensive Classification for this Injury Spectrum? A Case Report. Clin Surg. 2018; 3: 2119.

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