This case involves a 46 year old female who suffered from synovitis of the foot and subsequently underwent surgical treatment due to several failed attempts to treat the condition with conservative medical management. The surgery was uneventful and proceeded without complication but the patient experienced some post operative pain and swelling. At the point in which the patient tried to ambulate she experienced significant hind foot pain and her gait was altered compared to her state before the surgery. The surgeon noted in his reports that the patient displayed signs of a varus mal-alignment and that she may need an additional surgery to slide her heel back and close the wedge that had developed.
Question(s) For Expert Witness
- Is it possible that the surgeon performed an unnecessary calcaneal osteotomy which resulted in misalignment of the calcaneus bone and severe chronic pain?