Injuries to the Chopart joint complex: a current review

  • Halah KutaishEmail author
  • R. Stern
  • L. Drittenbass
  • M. Assal
Expert's Opinion • FOOT - ANKLE


Chopart complex injuries (CCIs) are thought to be uncommon; however, recent literature states the rate of misdiagnosis to be between 20 and 41%. Chopart complex injuries are not ankle injuries, with which they are initially confused due to a similar mechanism of trauma in many cases. Injury to the Chopart complex commonly affects multiple structures. The key to optimal treatment is a high index of clinical suspicion combined with timely accurate imaging studies. Careful diagnostic workup with high-quality radiographs of the foot in neutral position should be obtained. Computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are recommended to accurately assess bone and soft tissue injury. CCI frequently leads to prolonged swelling, pain and disability. In some cases, it may result in a posttraumatic flatfoot deformity.


Chopart complex injuries Midfoot Transverse joint Sports injuries Posttraumatic flatfoot 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Halah Kutaish
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. Stern
    • 1
  • L. Drittenbass
    • 1
  • M. Assal
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Foot and Ankle SurgeryHirslanden Clinique La CollineGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineGeneva UniversityGenevaSwitzerland

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