Peripheral Nerve Injury Following Combat Trauma—Plantar Sensation

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In the December edition of PM&R Dr. Ramasamya and his UK group from the Academic Department of Military Surgery and Trauma, Birmingham and colleagues from Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, University Hospital, Middlesborough and Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre discuss Peripheral nerve injury following combat extremity trauma—does plantar sensation return? The report can be found at

They conclude that as 95% of salvaged limbs with a documented insensate foot at initial presentation showed a return of plantar sensation then initial plantar sensation is not prognostic of long-term plantar sensory status and should not be a component of a limb-salvage decision algorithm.

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