If you have sustained a foot injury after a car accident, read on for common types of foot injuries with treatment options and tips for your personal injury case. The Bishop Law Firm represents car accident injury victims in North Carolina and we do not get paid unless you win.
This post is not offered as medical advice. If you are having foot pain after your motor vehicle accident, please seek medical treatment.
Types of Foot Injury After A Car Accident
- Cuts, Scrapes and Gashes (soft tissue injury) – If a cut is deep enough, skin glue or stitches may be required. Depending on the location of the cut or gash on your foot, your foot may need to be immobilized to remove pressure from the area and allow the wound to heal. Special foot gear may be needed to help healing. Diabetics may face greater complications after sustaining foot wounds (Via eMedicine ).
- Bruises – A skin bruise usually heals on its on. The familiar colors of black and blue transform into green and yellow. Unfortunately, if the bruised area retains blood it may need to be drained to relieve pain. Internal injuries and bone bruises are also a consideration (Via IPFH.org ).
- Sprains – Foot sprains are broken down into three categories (Grade I, II and III). Grade I sprains involve mild tears or stretching of a ligament. Grade II is more pronounced and Grade III (most severe) involves completely torn ligaments and may result in foot instability. Chronic foot pain can last for months and the usual treatment is RICE . (Via Harvard Medical School ). Nerve damage is also a consideration.
- Fracture (broken bone) – The treatment for a foot fracture depends on which bone (heel bone, metatarsal bone, lisfranc fracture or ankle bone) was broken. Some foot fractures do heal on their own but you will most likely need reduction, immobilization and surgical repair (Via Mayo Clinic ).Physical therapy may be recommended as well. Your physical therapist will work with you to help restore range of motion after your auto accident injury. While many accident victims visit a chiropractor after their injury, chiropractic-only medical treatment seems to reduce the value of an injury claim.
If you have foot pain after car accident, you should take photos of the accident scene, your injury, and any boots/casts/canes that you have to use because of your injury. You should also document all time missed from work and any tasks that you are unable to complete at home due to your injury.
Your feet, just like the rest of your body, can sustain trauma in a car accident but unlike other parts of your body, your feet bear the ultimate responsibility of carrying your body weight daily. A foot injury after a car accident can be a painful, frustrating injury. This is doubly so when you are injured due to the fault of another in an auto accident.
If you are having difficulty recovering from the at-fault party’s insurance company, give us a call today. The Bishop Law Firm represents car accident and personal injury victims in Raleigh , Durham , Rocky Mount , Wilson , Smithfield , Louisburg , Chapel Hill , Roanoke Rapids , and surrounding areas in North Carolina. We do not get paid unless we win your case!