Foot injuries in children

M.J. Oddy and Deborah M. Eastwood

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Foot injuries in children

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The child’s foot is very supple but when injuries do occur conventional imaging is not as valuable as it should be because of the late ossification. Accessory centres of ossification complicate matters

Transchondral fractures are not easily seen on conventional x-rays

Lawnmower injuries (shredding of the forefoot) should have a slightly more tissue-preserving approach than in adults

Lacerated tendons in the hindfoot need repairing if foot growth is to be normal.

Chapter.  3459 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Paediatrics

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