The feet are not only crucial to the act of driving itself but almost every other movement that people make each day. During a vehicular collision, every part of the body has the potential to be injured, including the feet.
The feet are sensitive areas filled with nerve endings, tendons, muscles and bones. A traumatic foot injury can be severely painful and debilitating. Outlined below are two of the more serious foot injuries to be aware of.
The heel is an incredibly strong bone, which means a tremendous amount of force is generally required before it fractures. Sadly, the impact of a car crash can create a lot of force, particularly in a high-speed collision.
Heel fractures are up there with the most debilitating types of foot injuries, and a serious fracture can require multiple surgeries before the bones fuse back together. There are also further potential complications, such as arthritis, to consider. While you recover, you’ll most likely be unable to walk, making it impossible for you to work and function normally each day.
Compartment syndrome occurs when the foot experiences extreme physical trauma. If the foot is crushed during a crash, then nerves, tendons and muscles can be damaged by the cutting off of the blood supply. This type of injury can be difficult to treat, and several surgeries are usually required. In extreme instances, a full recovery might not be possible.
If your foot injury was the result of another driver’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Having legal guidance behind you gives you a better chance of obtaining some justice in your case.