Orthopedics

Back to Basics: Trench Foot

Trench foot

· Temperatures above freezing + wet conditions = immersion injury

· Commonly from continuously wearing wet socks and shoes

History

· Repeated exposure to wet and cold

o Homeless, military, outdoor workers

· Occurs over several days to weeks

· Tingling or numbness most common symptom

Exam

· Damp, pale or mottled in color

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What’s the Diagnosis? By Dr. Loran Hatch

20 yo male presents to the ED with left hip pain after MVC PTA. Patient was restrained back seat passenger, no LOC. Patient appears very uncomfortable on stretcher, with left leg propped on rolled blanket. Tenderness at left hip but no obvious deformity. LLE with DP pulses 2+, sensation intact, will wiggles toes.

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