Walking barefoot is common in developing countries and the feet are therefore exposed to a variety of trivial injuries, some of which lead to cellulitis or abscess formation. If left untreated or improperly managed, osteomyelitis or septic arthritis, usually involving the heel or metatarsals, may follow. In countries with limited resources, the emphasis should be on clinical assessment for diagnosis, and good surgical technique for treatment. We report 4 patients with thorn prick osteomyelitis of the foot due to walking barefoot. All were treated with thorn removal, surgical debridement, and oral ofloxacin. Surgical removal of the thorn is the key to successful treatment and to avoiding recurrent infection.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of orthopaedic surgery (Hong Kong)|
|Publication status||Published - 08-2006|
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