The complex bone structure of the feet is similar to that of the hands. We don’t walk and support our bodies on our hands though. That’s why the bones of the foot are designed to withstand far more pressure and stress than the bones of the hands. If we shoot a jump shot or layup in basketball, we leave our feet, and then we land on them. If we go jogging, our feet withstand incredible pressure and stress with every step. Think of Fred Astaire dancing and all of the stress that he put on his feet during his lifetime.
Some Common Causes of Foot Fractures
Our feet consist of 26 bones along 33 joints and more than 100 muscles and tendons. They’re divided into three basic parts. Those are the hindfoot (heel), the midfoot (arch) and the forefoot (toes). The bones are known as phalanges, tarsals and metatarsals. Given the complexity of feet and the pressure and stress that they endure, it isn’t surprising that people suffer injuries to their feet. Some of those injuries are fractures. Here are some common causes of foot fractures:
- Crushes like when heavy merchandise falls on a foot from a shelf at a warehouse store.
- When a motor vehicle accident causes bending, twisting or direct trauma to one or more bones in a foot.
- Trauma from slipping or tripping.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Pain at the site of a foot fracture might be excruciating. Expect an inability to bear weight. Discoloration and swelling will be developing. X-rays might show a fracture but the preferred diagnostic tests are a CT scan or bone scan.
Types of Foot Fractures
Given the complexity of the structure of our feet and they way that they’re used, foot fractures can take longer to heal as opposed to a fractured arm or leg. Many foot fractures carry a level of permanency. Here are some common types of foot fractures:
- Heel fractures. These are painful and debilitating injuries. The most common of these is an intra-articular fracture. This type of fracture is seen in car accidents and falls when the victim lands on both feet.
- Comminution fractures when the bone is broken into more than two pieces. The greater the number of bone fragments, the more difficult it is for a surgeon to realign the structure of the foot.
- Lisfranc fractures to the bones and ligaments that connect the midfoot and forefoot. The bone and joint in this area are critical to both walking and running.
At a minimum, expect to be on crutches and wearing a cast or boot for about six weeks. If your job requires you to work on your feet, also expect to be off of work until the bone sufficiently heals. Many foot fractures require surgery involving fusion, hardware and bone grafting. It’s more likely than not that after having surgery, you’ll experience residual pain, discomfort and loss of motion.
Contact a Louisville Foot Fracture Lawyer
You’ll want to speak with us about any foot fracture that you suffered in or around Louisville, Lexington, Southern Indiana or across the state of Kentucky as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else.
If you suffered a foot fracture in or around Louisville as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else, seek medical attention right away. At your first opportunity after that, contact our offices to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. We understand foot injuries along with the possibility of ongoing future complications. We’re going to listen to you carefully about how your broke your foot, and after that, we’ll answer your questions and advise you on your full range of legal alternatives.