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Outcomes of open reduction and internal fixation of calcaneus fractures: A database study comparing patients with and without diabetes

Treating calcaneus fractures is already complex, but it's even more challenging in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), particularly those with complications like peripheral neuropathy and poor glycemic control. These complications can increase the risk of adverse outcomes, such as soft tissue infections, osteomyelitis, and non-union, leading to possible amputation. The goal is to determine whether patients with complicated and uncomplicated DM experience more complications after ORIF compared to those without DM, with the hypothesis that complications are indeed more prevalent among patients with DM. Work on this study was led by head author, Matthew Johnson, D.P.M., Assistant Professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern.