Surgical repair of an acute, distal, tendo Achillis rupture in a 59-year-old diabetic male is described in which the Mitek Anchor System was used. The injury described is a distal tear of the insertion of the tendon into the calcaneus without avulsion fracture of the calcaneus. Sixteen months of postoperative follow-up care, including casting for equinus deformity, progressive weightbearing, range of motion exercises, and physical therapy, have been free of complications. The authors include a brief overview of historical and current reparative techniques for comparison. The authors conclude that the use of the Mitek Anchor System affords the surgeon a simple and effective method for the repair of acute, distal, tendo Achillis rupture when other methods cannot be used because of the location of the rupture.
Leiomyomas are benign soft tissue tumors originating in smooth muscle. They present clinically as a soft tissue mass causing a well localized, paroxysmal pain. Treatment of choice for such lesions is total excision. Recurrence or malignant transformation of these tumors is rare. Calcific leiomyomas, as diagnosed in this study, have seldom been reported in the foot. When treating lesions involving atopic calcification, it is important to maintain a high level of understanding of the various etiologies, both metabolic and nonmetabolic, which may lead to calcium deposition in the soft tissues.