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Understanding the “Empty Toe” Phenomenon: A Rare Case Report

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Closed degloving injury involving a toe represents a rare phenomenon in which the bones of the toe dislocate but the soft-tissue envelope remains intact. It has been described sparingly throughout the medical literature, and outcomes have been poor. This article presents a case report of the unique injury while also investigating trends through a detailed review of the literature.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH.

Ohio State University, Gahanna, OH.

Corresponding author: Nicholas V. DiMassa, DPM, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 725 Prior Hall, 376 W 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210. (E-mail: nicholas.dimassa@gmail.com)