Assessment of acute foot and ankle sprains
Louise Lynam Advanced nurse practitioner, Emergency care at the Adelaide and Meath Hospital, Dublin
Acute ankle and foot trauma is a regular emergency presentation and prompt strategic assessment skills are required to enable nurses to categorise and prioritise these injuries appropriately. This article provides background information on the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb to help nurses to identify various grades of ankle sprain as well as injuries that are limb threatening
14, 4, 24-34.
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