Prevention and Treatment of Infected Foot and Ankle Wounds Sustained in the Combat Environment

Brendan D. Masini, Clinton K. Murray, Joseph C. Wenke, Joseph R. Hsu

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Abstract

Combat injuries to the foot and ankle are challenging to treat due to frequent high-energy mechanisms, environmental contamination, and soft tissue and bony damage. Prevention and treatment of infections in injuries to the foot and ankle are critical to achieving the goals of tissue healing and restoration of function. The guidelines for treatment of these foot and ankle injuries are similar to those in place for civilians; however, allowances must be made for the realities of combat including an often austere environment, the need for evacuation, and limitations on resources available for treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-112
Number of pages22
JournalFoot and ankle clinics
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Combat
  • Foot and ankle
  • Infection
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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