Subtalar joint dislocation (STJD) is an uncommon injury, but carries with it a potential for significant functional disability. We hypothesized that a significant number of injuries associated with subtalar joint dislocation may be unrecognized by plain radiographic examination. Therefore, we reviewed the records of all STJDs over a three-year period, identifying nine cases. The majority of injuries occurred in men (78%) with a mean age of 29 years. Overall, the mean age at injury was 32 years. The right lower extremity was most frequently injured (87.5%). Plain films initially diagnosed a STJ dislocation in all patients. A CT scan was performed in all cases. In 100% of patients, CT identified additional injuries missed on initial plain radiographs. In 44% of patient, new information gathered by CT dictated a change in treatment. Based on our findings, we conclude that CT is an invaluable tool to assess for associated injuries in STJ dislocation, and should be performed in all cases of STJ dislocation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine