Calcaneal donor bone grafts

KT Mahan Department of Surgery, Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine.

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Autogenous bone grafting is an important part of many foot and ankle surgical procedures. Although alternative bone graft materials such as allogeneic bone are available, autogenous bone continues to be the material of choice for many procedures. The calcaneus provides a source of small amounts of autogenous corticocancellous or cancellous bone. The author describes the surgical technique for procurement of calcaneal bone grafts. Twenty-five cases are reviewed. The morbidity associated with procuring calcaneal bone grafts is favorably compared with that associated with procuring bone from other donor sites.