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Fractures and soft tissue injuries of the feet and ankle.

Canadian family physician Médecin de famille canadien (Impact Factor: 1.81). 03/1985; 31:585-90.
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ABSTRACT An accurate clinical diagnosis of foot and ankle pain can be made by a history, physical examination and routine X-rays of the affected part. Each problem has a specific treatment; however, fractures and dislocations around the foot and ankle can be thought of in an organized fashion by proper physical examination and then the appropriate treatment. Fractures and soft tissue injuries can be treated rationally by understanding the mechanism of injury and the possibility of subsequent deformity. This article classifies specific injuries as a group and indicates a treatment program for each problem.

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