Foot Injury is common in auto collisions especially in head-on, rear-end and side-impact collisions. When the lower limbs are crushed, twisted or stretched unnaturally, you are especially prone to injury.
Foot Injury as well as your knee and ankle can affect either the bones or the soft tissues found in these body parts. Some of the common type of injuries that can occur are:
• Broken bones – Fractured kneecaps, broken tibias, and broken taluses are very common in collisions. Bones can break anywhere in the foot, as well as in the ankle and knee.
• Sprains or strains – The knees and ankles are both susceptible to strains and sprains which occur when the soft tissues are damaged in a collision. Soft tissues include the cartilage, ligaments, muscles, tendons and other tissues that support the bones.
• Meniscus tears –When the knee is twisted or bent at an unnatural angle, the meniscus can tear and cause significant mobility issues.
• An MCL or ACL tear –The medial collateral ligament and the anterior cruciate ligament are both found in the knees and both may tear in a collision. You are likely to hear a loud popping sound if a ligament tears and you may experience severe pain and extensive swelling.
Treatment and Compensation for Knee, Foot and Ankle Injuries
Injuries to the knees, feet or ankles can make it impossible to walk or for the body to bear weight. In cases of less severe injuries, patients will be required to avoid putting weight on the affected body part and to rest.More serious injuries may require a cast, surgical intervention, chiropractic care, steroids, prescription pain medication and physical therapy.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace a physician’s advice. Please always consult your physician for your medical needs.