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Cubonavicular coalition is a rare type of tarsal coalition that can be described as osseous or nonosseous (fibrous, cartilaginous, or fibrocartilaginous). Typically, it manifests symptoms during adolescence, as it presents with pain at the Mid-hindfoot and with decreased range of motion at the midtarsal joints, hindfoot valgus deformity, or peroneal spasm. Here, we present a rare case of cubonavicular coalition in a middle-aged woman with atypical presentation and a review of the literature. We conclude that this abnormality should be taken into account in the differential diagnosis of mid-hindfoot pain, even in middle-aged adults.
Stiff equinocavus foot deformities are challenging clinical entities that may be treated with osteotomies and extensive soft-tissue release. The most common causes of such lesions are neglected trauma and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease; other causes include burns, neurologic diseases, and compartment leg syndrome. Conventional treatments, including extensive soft-tissue release, osteotomies, and arthrodesis combined with or without internal splinting, may result in severe complications such as neurovascular or soft-tissue damage and shortening of the foot. The Ilizarov technique may be superior to the traditional approach, because it allows surgeons to apply gradual and titrated correction of individual components of complex deformities and results in minimal surgical morbidity without shortening of the foot. This is the first case report in the literature describing the simultaneous use of Cole osteotomy, combined with external Ilizarov hinged frame fixation, soft-tissue release, and Achilles tendon lengthening for the treatment of an extreme neglected stiff equinocavus foot deformity.