Injuries to the feet are more common in auto accidents than we think, states Scott Karlin. Other attorneys at The Karlin Law Firm LLP, with offices in Tustin and Newport Beach, California, agree.
This is unfortunate considering how much we rely on our feet and ankles for daily mobility. There are so many small bones in the foot that the smallest twist can cause problems and they can take a very long time to recover. Sprains often require the use of crutches for a time as well as no weight bearing, while a fracture may require surgery or proper bone setting and return of range of motion.
Some of the most frequently seen car accident foot injuries include:
- Ankle fractures
- (Talar) fractures
- Lisfranc (midfoot) fractures
- Toe injuries
If you have experienced a foot injury in Orange County, Los Angeles or Tustin-area auto accident or motorcycle accident seek medical help as soon as possible. If you were not transported to a hospital emergency room from the accident scene, see your family doctor or an orthopedic doctor as soon as possible. Discuss with your doctor the benefit of x-rays being taken or any other diagnostic testing to be performed as soon as possible so that the appropriate treatment can be administered.
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Additional information on automobile, car and motorcycle accident foot injures Include:
Compartment Syndromes Of The Foot
Compartment syndromes of the foot typically result from workplace, industrial, agricultural, warehouse and motor vehicle accidents. When a heavy object runs over, crushes or impacts the foot, swelling occurs along with severe pain. The foot structure consists of many small compartments. These compartments are filled with muscles, nerves, and tendons and are lined by a tight membrane. When an injury to the foot occurs, there is often some bleeding in the muscle tissue, causing the foot to swell and expand. The lining of this membrane has a limited capacity to expand. If the fluid and muscle swelling inside the compartment becomes significant, they may exceed the blood flow in and out of the small compartments. If the pressure inside the compartment increases too much, the nerves and muscles start to get squeezed and stop functioning properly.
Metatarsal Fractures; Lisfranc Injury
Injuries to the metatarsal joints are quite common. They can occur from something as simple as twisting your foot when stepping unevenly or may occur from more violent injuries such as a fall, work accident, or car accident that crush the metatarsals. Surgery is required in most of these injuries. The broken or dislocated foot bones often need screws that are inserted internally into the bones across the joints for optimum healing. If surgery is not performed, then a boot or a cast is used. It can take eight to 10 weeks for this fracture to heal with a 70% success rate using the cast. Surgery has a better success rate with a six-week healing time. The screws are typically left in for four to five months after the surgery and then removed. No walking on the foot is permitted for six weeks, and then walking is allowed with a removable boot for the next four weeks. Swimming and biking are permitted early on after the surgery.
If left untreated, full healing may never occur which means you will never return to your normal activities and which also may lead to painful arthritis that requires treatment.
Fracture Of The Heel Bone (Calcaneus)
Fractures of the heel bone are debilitating injuries. Usually, these fractures occur from car accidents and work accidents when a tremendous force crushes the heel and fragments the bone.
Surgery is required to put the bone back together with a metal place and multiple screws. This procedure decreases the likelihood of severe arthritis later on and maximizes the potential for a good recovery. If the bone is severely crushed, the bone may also need to be fused. Following the surgery, no walking on the foot is permitted for three months, and physical therapy is required.