Not only do your feet operate the pedals when you’re driving, but they also assist with most tasks you complete each day. For this reason, an injury to the feet can be a major inconvenience.
The reality is that your feet are as exposed as any other area of your body during a crash. Outlined below are some of the more severe foot injuries associated with car crashes.
Your heels are fairly sturdy, so it generally takes a tremendous amount of force to fracture them. Unfortunately, a car crash is one type of event that’s capable of generating such force. Often, heel fractures occur in a way that the bone fragments.
As a result, it often takes multiple surgeries to repair the damage. You can be off of your feet for some time after this type of injury, with a recovery period that can extend to over six months. In some cases, you might not be able to recover fully and long-term arthritis can become an issue.
In serious crashes, your foot may suffer multiple injuries and might ultimately be crushed. This can be very dangerous, as the blood supply may be cut off to your feet altogether for some time.
Your feet need a constant supply of oxygen and blood to stay healthy, and a crush injury puts this in jeopardy. At the very least, you’ll require multiple surgeries and an extended recovery period. In the most serious cases, amputation might be the only option.
If your feet have been injured during a collision that was caused by someone else, it may benefit you to think about compensation. Seeking legal guidance will help you to understand the options that are available to you.