Biomechanical Considerations in Foot and Ankle Circular External Fixation: Maintenance of Wire Tension

Mikhail L. Samchukov, Craig E. Clifford, Kevin M. McCann, Alexander M. Cherkashin, Byron Hutchinson, William A. Pierce

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Initial tensioning of the forefoot wires to 130 kg followed by simultaneous tensioning of the calcaneal wires to 90 kg and using the rigid double-row foot plate closed anteriorly via threaded rods produce maximum preservation of the initial wire tension during foot circular external fixation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • Calcaneal wire pretension
  • Circular external fixation
  • Foot and ankle
  • Foot frame biomechanics
  • Metatarsal wire pretension
  • Wire tension
  • Wire tension loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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