Os calcaneus secundarius

Dr Tim Luijkx and Dr Andrew Dixon et al.

An os calcaneus secundarius is an accessory ossicle of the anterior calcaneal process present in up to 5% of the population at cadaveric examination. The ossicle can be a cause of ankle pain and may mimic bifurcated ligament avulsion fracture of the anterior calcaneal process.

Differential diagnosis

The main differential diagnosis is a fracture of the anterior process of the calcaneus. It could be difficult to distinguish it from an os calcaneus secundarius, especially if the suspected fracture is subacute or chronic in nature.

Anatomy: Lower limb
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Article information

rID: 10661
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Os calcaneus secundarius
  • Anterior process of the calcaneus

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