MRI of spring ligament tears.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: Surgical repair of the spring ligament is becoming recognized as an important management component of adult-acquired flatfoot, yet little literature exists on the MRI appearance of spring ligament abnormalities. In this article, we describe the MRI appearance of surgically proven spring ligament tears. CONCLUSION: MRI findings present in surgically proven spring ligament tears include an abnormal spring ligament caliber, signal intensity, waviness, a full-thickness gap, and posterior tibial tendonopathy. The finding unique to cases with surgically proven tears is a full-thickness gap in the ligament, seen in 79% of the cases in our series. When multiple abnormalities are seen in the spring ligament in conjunction with a full-thickness gap, the diagnosis of a tear can be made with confidence.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Toye, LR; Helms, CA; Hoffman, BD; Easley, M; Nunley, JA

Published Date

  • May 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 184 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1475 - 1480

PubMed ID

  • 15855099

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-803X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2214/ajr.184.5.01841475


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States