Foot and Ankle Injuries
When considering the type of injuries most often sustained in car accidents, many people think of head, neck and spinal cord injury, but the extremities are also very vulnerable to injury, especially feet and ankles.
The ankle is one of the most load-bearing parts of the body, combining flexibility, stability, and strength to offer support. But during a traffic accident, the force of the impact can cause sudden and extreme stress to a victim’s ankle, doing serious damage to this joint.
In a car accident, a person’s natural instinct is often to brace himself against the impact with one or both feet, but doing so can cause the ankles to experience a severe compression injury. If the ankle sustains sufficient force it may be fractured or the various ligaments surrounding the joint might be damaged, resulting in severe swelling and pain.
When a heavy object runs over, crushes, or impacts the foot, swelling commonly occurs, along with severe pain. Foot injuries that result from motor vehicle accidents may include:
- Severe bruising.
- Torn ligaments.
- Puncture wounds.
- Ruptured tendons.
- Joint sprains.
- Muscle strains.
- Broken, shattered, or dislocated bones.
- Compartment syndromes.
- Fractures of the metatarsals.
- Fractures of the heel bone.
Foot injuries are painful and extremely debilitating. Surgery, physical therapy, and weeks of limited activity are often required for optimum healing.
If you were the victim of an automobile accident and suffered foot and ankle injuries due to the negligence of another driver, contact Nagle & Associates online or call (800) 411-1583 to discuss your situation and get help in obtaining compensation for your pain, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Please schedule your free case evaluation today.