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MEDICINA E CHIRURGIA DELLA CAVIGLIA E DEL PIEDE
A Journal on Physiopathology and Surgery of the Foot
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus
Chirurgia Del Piede 2003 September;27(3):101-6
Inferior extensor retinaculum: normal and functional anatomy, and its use in lateral ligament repair
Marconetto M., Parino E.
A review of the inferior extensor retinaculum anatomy, with special regard to macroscopic and microscopic structure, is made on the basis of literature data. Clear differences in structure and nerve distribution between retinaculum and intrinsic subtalar joint ligaments, suggest a different function: mainly propioceptive for the former, mechanical for the latter. This may have a relevant clinical and surgical implication in the management of lateral ankle and hindfoot instability: the Gould modification of Broström procedure, and its modifications, may be envisaged like a ''proprioceptive augmentation'' rather than a mechanical one, to an anatomic lateral ligament repair.