Foot Injuries

Author: Henry R Guly / Editor: John P Sloan, Phil Delbridge / Reviewer: Jennifer Lockwood / Code: A6Published: 05/04/2021


Foot injuries and pain are common presentations to the Emergency Department, both atraumatic and as a result of trauma. These injuries are important as they can have a significant affect on patients’ mobility and quality of life.

After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Examine a foot x-ray and diagnose common foot injuries
  • Identify the common bony and soft tissue injuries of the foot
  • Describe the management of common foot injuries


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