There are many small, delicate bones in your ankles and feet. You could easily break or crush them in a motor vehicle collision. Your feet, for example, are much more complex than you may realize. One source states that “Each foot has 26 bones and also soft tissue like muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.”
The result of hurting a foot or ankle in a crash can be significant, including missed time from work, temporary inability to drive or walk, pain and a lengthy recovery. Arthritis can develop if injuries are not addressed promptly and correctly. Getting back to normal functioning may take a while. In the meantime, your everyday life can be disrupted dramatically.
Fractures of the ankle and foot
Look out for these kinds of injuries after a motor vehicle collision. Some might require surgery, depending on their severity:
- When a ligament or tendon damages a bone, it’s called an ankle avulsion fracture.
- A fracture that occurs in the mid-foot is called a Lisfranc fracture. It can draw the healing process out over two and a half months or longer.
- Bones in the front of the foot can be hurt. Those injuries are known as forefoot and toe fractures.
- The heel bone is also known as the calcaneus. If it is injured, the effect is “very debilitating.”
What else can happen to your ankle?
You can sustain a soft tissue injury when your foot is jammed beneath a pedal or seat. Those soft tissues include:
You can also badly hurt your feet or ankles by getting them cut, bruised or burned in a car wreck. Closed footwear can help. If you are wearing sandals, they will not give you sufficient protection.
Get your injury diagnosed and treated
Don’t wait for complications to arise. See a healthcare provider who can recommend the proper treatment and seek legal help to obtain compensation.