Chronic high velocity projectile injury to the foot

G Scartozzi
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Acute projectile injuries to the foot can present a challenge for the podiatric physician, especially in terms of their chronic effects. The case of a shrapnel wound to the right foot and ankle that resulted in recurrent episodes of soft tissue infection and disability is presented. Treatment consisted of excision of the shrapnel fragment, debridement, and primary closure of the sinus tract created by the projectile. The authors discuss the acute and chronic effects of projectile injuries, factors responsible for determining the severity of these wounds, and various methods of treatment.