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A Unique Method of Plantar Forefoot Ulcer Closure using the Ilizarov Device: Series of 11 Patients with Leprosy

Kamath, B. Jagannath and Bhardwaj, Praveen (2008) A Unique Method of Plantar Forefoot Ulcer Closure using the Ilizarov Device: Series of 11 Patients with Leprosy. The Foot & Ankle Journal, 1 (1).

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Abstract

Introduction: Recurrent plantar ulcer is a common and serious problem of anesthetic feet in leprosy. There are many methods described in the literature to deal this problem, but it still remains a great challenge for the treating surgeon. The problem lies not only in attaining the coverage and healing of the ulcer but also to prevent its recurrence. The skin of the forefoot is a specialized one and hence procedures aimed at providing skin from elsewhere will tend to fail. The local flaps described in the literature are effective, but forms a major surgery for this group of patients, requires an expert to perform and are not devoid of complications, which if occur can be disastrous. We are herein describing a technique of closure of these forefoot ulcers, which makes use of the biomechanical properties of the skin and provided closure of these ulcers by slow and sustained stretching of the surrounding natural skin. It thus provides the specialized plantar skin coverage for the ulcers. Method: We have used this technique in eleven leprosy patients with forefoot ulcers. Four patients had ulcers under the head of first metatarsal, four under the heads of first and second metatarsals, two under the second metatarsal head and one under the heads of fifth metatarsals. Size of the ulcers at its maximum length ranged from 2 - 4 cm. Results: The technique successfully resulted in healing of all the ulcers without any significant complication. All the ulcers could be closed in ten days and all of them healed well within six weeks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forefoot ulcers in leprosy; technique of closure; stretching; provides specialized skin cover; simple, inexpensive and effective.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Surgery
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2012 06:47
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2012 06:47
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/3449

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