Chronic nonhealing heel ulcerations have been established as an independent risk factor for major amputation, with poor rates of limb salvage success. Partial calcanectomy is a controversial limb salvage procedure reserved for patients with these heel ulcerations. We conducted a retrospective cohort study reviewing 39 limbs that underwent a partial calcanectomy from 2012 to 2018 to evaluate the proportion of patients healed, time to healing, ulcer recurrence, and postoperative functional level compared to the preoperative state. In addition, age, gender, body mass index, smoking status, coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, renal insufficiency, dialysis, peripheral arterial disease, method of closure, and percent of calcaneus resected were evaluated. Mean follow-up for our cohort was 2.3 years. We had a 1 year mortality rate of 11%, and a major amputation rate of 18%. Our results demonstrated a 77% healing rate with a median time to healing of 162 days. We found that patients who were closed primarily had a faster time to healing compared to patients who underwent closure by secondary intention. Our data showed that ulcer recurrence developed in 57% of healed limbs. We found that 76% of our patients were ambulatory postoperatively. These results suggest that partial calcanectomy is a viable limb salvage procedure with a predictable level of ambulation and function in a high-risk patient population.
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