X-ray of foot fractures

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Author: Mikael Häggström [notes 1]
X-ray of fractures of the foot:


General evaluation

Even if there's an initial obvious fracture, evaluate:

  • Bone contours for disruptions
  • Bone areas for unusual lines that are either hypoattenuating (in case of separation) or hyperattenuating (in case of compression)

In children

Main article: X-ray of fractures in children

In patients with remaining growth plates, look for fracture involvement thereof (if present, see X-ray of fractures in children).


On projectional radiography ("X-ray") in general, the main types of misalignment of a fracture are:

Types of fracture misalignment:[1]
  • Displacement
  • Angulation
  • Distraction (making bone longer)
  • Impaction or shortening
  • Rotation


See also: General notes on reporting


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  1. . Introduction to Trauma X-ray. Radiology Masterclass. Retrieved on 2018-07-03.