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Foot Injuries and Hand injuries information
« on: October 03, 2012, 02:12:14 PM »

The foot is the first region of the body to be covered in the Med Cell series. It is one of the most important areas available to the combat practitioner for two opposing reasons. First, due to its structural properties, the foot is an extremely effective weapon, and is employed frequently in martial combat. Conversely, the injured foot can have devastating consequences to the victim. As a structure subjected to essentially constant weight bearing, the foot reacts very differently to even small degrees of  bone or joint mal-alignment that are easily tolerated, for example, in the hand or other non-weight-bearing or low-stress joints. In fact, of all traumatic orthopedic injuries encountered in the emergency department, foot and ankle injuries appear to result in higher functional loss than any other orthopedic injury does (including all 4 extremities and the pelvis). Put the foot out of action and the whole lower limb on that side becomes useless. It follows that adequate footwear  is important (especially in military settings), as is proper care and maintenance of  the foot.


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Re: Foot Injuries
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2012, 02:17:11 PM »

for balance.

Intricate in design and function, the hand is an amazing work of anatomic engineering. Form follows function in the hand; therefore, any injury to the underlying structures of the hand carries the potential for serious handicap. To reduce this risk, even the smallest hand injuries require proper medical evaluation.

The goal with injuries to the hand is a rapid and accurate initial evaluation and treatment. In other words, once an injury occurs, the doctor strives to begin medical treatment quickly so the short- and long-term effects on the hand can be minimized.

The hand consists of 27 bones (including the 8 bones of the wrist). When the other associated structures (nerves, arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint cartilage, and fingernails) are considered, the potential for a variety of injuries exists when trauma involves the hand.

Hand injuries account for nearly 10% of hospital emergency department visits. A series of 1,000 consecutive hand injuries showed the following distribution: 42% lacerations (cuts), 27% contusions (bruises), 17% fractures (broken bones), and 5% infections. Hand injuries account for about 17% all workday loss injuries.