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Injuries to the Extremities: Common Biomechanical Foot Injuries.

Authors
Gorecki-GA
Source
NIOSH 1979 Jun:72-77
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00091700
Abstract
The nature and frequency of foot problems were examined based on a retrospective study of 137 patients referred to a podiatrist by a physician over a 3 month period. Foot deformities and pressure hyperkeratosis cases constituted 35 percent of all patients. Deformities were either general orthopedic or digital, involving biomechanical foot problems. Infection and related conditions accounted for 23 percent of all the patients' problems. Most of the patients had underlying biomechanical deformities or imbalances. Rheumatological and related disorders comprised approximately 17 percent of the cases. Trauma, nail conditions, and other problems accounted for 14, 9, and 2 percent, respectively. Common and preventable occupational foot injuries that arise from biomechanical stress are listed. The author concludes that host, agent, and environmental factors could result in a callous which may progress to infection of the skin and bone and ultimately to amputation of a limb. Preventive measures for limiting disability resulting from biomechanical foot injuries are recommended.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-210-78-0053; Industrial-hazards; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Skin-disorders; Foot-disorders;
Publication Date
19790601
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings;
Funding Type
Contract;
Fiscal Year
1979
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Contract-210-78-0053
NIOSH Division
DTS;
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Disease and Injury;
Source Name
Occupational Safety and Health Symposia 1978, Division of Technical Services, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio
State
AZ; OH;
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