A CLINICAL EVALUATION OF SUBCUTANEOUS ACHILLES TENOTOMY AS AN AID IN THE TREATMENT OF INTERMITTENT CLAUDICATION
DAVID I. SCHWARTZ ; LEWIS L. PENNOCK ; CARL J. PESSOLANO ; DONALD S. LITTMAN

Abstract

It is our considered opinion that this procedure is a valuable aid in the treatment of intermittent claudication. The operation can be carried out in a few minutes with minimal risk and requires no cooperation on the part of the patient except his willingness to receive instructions regarding balance and gait. While the procedure does nothing to improve the blood supply to the lower extremities, it does eliminate the ischaemic pain in the calf muscles.

Although the series of cases is small and the period of follow-up is short, we hope that our results will stimulate interest in the procedure.