Foot and Ankle Injuries
Potential Danger of Foot and Ankle Injuries
The feet and ankles are strong and complex mechanisms. In fact, over 25% of the bones in our body are located in the feet and ankles. And all of those bones are connected by even more ligaments, muscles and tendons. The finely-coordinated anatomy of the feet and ankles provides the balance and support we need to stand, walk, and perform a variety of daily activities.
Obviously, any injury to a foot or ankle will restrict mobility. Without the ability to move about freely, one's capacity to earn a living is substantially reduced. The inability of an injured foot or ankle to support weight during the healing process further compounds the issue. That is why an injury to the foot or ankle often requires a lengthy recovery period.
Types of Injuries
Sprained or broken ankles
There are a wide variety of foot and ankle injuries that can be suffered in the workplace. Severely sprained or broken ankles are very common and can happen in a fall, vehicle accident, or by turning or twisting the ankle on uneven ground. Also, feet can be crushed by a heavy object falling on them, improperly secured objects rolling over them, or by the wheels of a misguided truck or forklift.
Puncture wounds and lacerations
Puncture wounds and lacerations can be caused by stepping on sharp objects carelessly left about. Also, spilled chemicals can cause burns to the lower extremities if the proper protection is not provided. Even accidental amputation of the toes or whole foot could occur as a result of malfunctioning machinery, negligence or a lack of proper safeguards.
Don't Let a Workplace Foot or Ankle Injury Hinder Your Future
Because a serious foot or ankle injury often affects multiple bones, joints, ligaments, and nerves, there can be significant challenges to recovery. A foot or ankle injury can even change how you move about in order to alleviate your pain and discomfort. Favoring one foot or ankle can cause an uneven weight distribution, which can lead to pain and joint issues in other parts of the body.
Injuries to the feet and ankles severely limit an employee's ability to perform his/her job. If you have sustained a foot or ankle injury while on the job, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. If you need help verifying your benefit eligibility, filing a claim, or fighting for your legal rights, the experienced attorneys at Vic Alexander are just a phone call away. Don't let a workplace foot or ankle injury hinder your future.