Car safety features have improved over the last few decades. Vehicles now must have airbags, and passengers must wear seat belts. This airbag/seatbelt combo has proved to be highly effective in protecting the upper body during a collision. Sadly, we don’t have protections that target the lower extremities, including your feet. When you are in a vehicle crash, you may well damage your feet, particularly during a head-on collision. Your right foot is likely to be on the brake when the collision occurs, possibly causing a sprain or fracture. Since you will probably be bracing both feet against the impact, you may end up unable to walk at all immediately after an accident.
These foot injuries may include, sprains and fractures, injuries that often require a lengthy recovery period. If you hurt your feet in an accident, you need to seek out quality medical care immediately in order to prevent long-term disabilities.
Broken Foot Symptoms
When you hurt your foot, the first question someone asks is, “Can you walk on it?” If the answer is no, you may have a broken bone. The pain with these injuries is intense, often making walking impossible. Experts do note that you can sometimes walk with a broken toe although you will still feel pain.
Your foot may also be severely bruised and swollen. A deep cut that exposes a broken bone may be quite serious and must receive prompt attention. If broken bones are not correctly cared for, they may not heal well, causing lifelong issues.
A bad sprain also comes with pain, bruising and swelling, so it may require advanced imaging to determine if the foot is broken or sprained. A severe sprain usually requires weeks if not months to heal, so it is also a serious injury.
Foot Injury Treatments
After diagnosis, your physician has various treatment options, depending on the severity of your injury. A sprain may be mainly treated by following RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Your doctor may also prescribe OTC pain relievers. Rest is the best cure for most sprains, but they can linger. Your doctor will also make certain that you haven’t torn a ligament in your foot or ankle before sending you home.
A broken foot demands a higher level of treatment. Your doctor may prescribe RICE for your broken foot as well but add a cast or protective boot to keep it immobile. If the broken bone is out of place, the doctor may have to use pressure to put it back in alignment. This procedure is called a reduction and requires local anesthesia.
The most severe breaks may need surgery so that the doctor can insert screws, pins or plates to hold the bone pieces together.
Gateway Medical Group
Without health insurance, it’s hard to stand on your own two feet financially after an accident. Fortunately, uninsured accident victims in the Tennessee community can get the post-accident treatment they need at Gateway Medical Group.
At Gateway, you pay nothing upfront while receiving expert diagnosis and treatment from their highly-trained medical staff. They provide immediate appointments and case management to make certain that you have a fast and complete recovery. They also partner with advanced imaging affiliates to make your treatment more convenient.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident, possibly suffering a foot injury, contact Gateway at 615-647-8178 and start the healing.