Pediatric Foot, X-Ray


This lateral (from the side) xray of the ankle of a child demonstrates the normal bony anatomy. The apophysis of the calcaneus (heel) normally is more sclerotic (whiter) than the other bony strucutures. When a child cannot walk the calcaneus is not sclerotic (whiter). The growth plate (epiphysis) is the linear luscent (lighter) defect at the end of the lower tibia (large tubular bone). When fractures occur through a growth plate (epiphysis) the injury is called a Salter-Harris fracture.

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