DOI: 10.2106/ ISSN:

Adult Traumatic Heel Pad Avulsion Repair with Polydioxanone Suture, Sterile Buttons, and Wound Vac-Assisted Closure

Darren Patel, Joseph P. Kelly, Mudassar Khan, David Antekeier
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery


A 28-year-old woman with no medical history involved in a motor vehicle collision presented with deformity of the right leg and traumatic right heel pad avulsion. Radiographs demonstrated a right foot mid-tarsal fracture-dislocation, open cuboid, closed right tibia, and segmental fibula fractures. The heel pad was repaired using polydioxanone suture in a quilted technique with sterile buttons. At 1-year follow-up, the patient’s heel pad was well-fixed with intact sensation and no pain.


Repair of a heel pad avulsion using this novel technique is a versatile and cost-effective method that reduces concern for tissue necrosis associated with suture repair.

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