Identifying foot fractures and dislocations
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Identifying foot fractures and dislocations

Fiona Caswell Radiology registrar, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen
Craig Brown Emergency medicine registrar, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen

Fiona Caswell and Craig Brown explain the main features of some lesser known foot injuries, and how to recognise them on X-ray and computed tomography images

As the roles of emergency nurse practitioners expand, more patients with minor injuries are being managed independently by nursing staff. Injuries to the foot and ankle are common among such patients, and X-rays are frequently performed to aid their diagnoses. Some of these fractures and dislocations are subtle and difficult to identify, so practitioners must adopt a structured approach to reading X-rays. This article describes some of these injuries and offers advice, including X-ray illustrations, on how to identify them.

Emergency Nurse. 22, 6, 30-34. doi: 10.7748/en.22.6.30.e1364


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 30 August 2014

Accepted: 11 September 2014

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