Posterior hindfoot arthroscopy is a useful tool to treat a variety of foot and ankle pathologies. Skeletal distraction of the hindfoot to increase visualization in posterior ankle arthroscopy has been described in previous studies, but the described distractor is not readily available in most operating rooms. We describe a case of posterior hindfoot distraction in the prone position using a pneumatic limb positioner and other readily available Food and Drug Administration-approved equipment to apply tension to a transcalcaneal wire. The distraction technique we describe does not require any custom equipment, can fit on most standard operating tables, and is readily available in standard operating rooms. This method achieves adequate distraction, resulting in better visualization and more space for arthroscopic instrumentation.
Vopat, B. G., Lareau, C. R., Sangal, R. B., Fantry, A. J., & Blankenhorn, B. D. (2015). Use of a Pneumatic Limb Positioner for Invasive Skeletal Traction in Posterior Hindfoot Arthroscopy. Arthroscopy Techniques, 4(5), e417–e422. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eats.2015.03.020