Treating Gunshot Wounds In The Lower Extremity

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Author(s): 
Brandon R. James, DPM, Lawrence M. Fallat, DPM, FACFAS, and Pamela Morrison, DPM, FACFAS

In Conclusion

Gunshot injuries of the lower extremity remain a common entity. The high variability of modern weapons, anatomy, location and distance from the weapon to the casualty make these wounds difficult to manage methodically.

   This case study displays that even with meticulous care and multiple surgeries, these wounds may still require amputation. However, with a working knowledge of ballistics and use of the principles involved in managing penetrating trauma and reconstruction of soft tissue and osseous defects, the podiatric surgeon can provide effective management of gunshot wounds to the foot and ankle.

   Dr. James is a second-year podiatric surgical resident at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital, part of the Oakwood Healthcare System, in Wayne, Michigan.

   Dr. Fallat is the Director of the Podiatric Surgical Residency with the Oakwood Healthcare System and the Section Leader of the Podiatry Department of Surgery at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, Michigan. He is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

   Dr. Morrison is the Associate Director of the Podiatric Surgical Residency with the Oakwood Healthcare System at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, Michigan. She is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

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