Our big toes are responsible for helping us to balance when walking, and a foot injury to the big toe joint can be as painful as it is serious. Often, injuries to the joint result in needing to take time off work to recover, and you may need to wear a cast or special walking boot to keep your foot immobilised. Foot injuries can be debilitating, as you’ll need to keep weight off your foot whilst it heals, which may mean taking time off work. This can affect your earnings, but you could consider making a claim for personal injury compensation if you have been injured and somebody else was to blame.
How does a foot injury to the big toe joint occur?
A foot injury to the big toe joint is often the result of a sporting accident and these types of injuries are most common amongst athletes. However, it could also be caused by a slip, trip or fall, or sustained in a cycling or car accident on the roads. ‘Turf Toe’ is one of the most common injuries to the big toe joint, and it’s a sprain to the ligaments surrounding the joint that causes pain, swelling and limited joint movement.
This condition is often treated at home using RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation), and it can take 2 to 3 weeks for the pain to subside. In cases of serious injury, surgery and physical therapy may be needed. Sesamoiditis is another type of injury to the big toe. The sesamoid bones, close to the big toe joint, could be fractured, leading to pain in the ball of the foot underneath the joint. If this has happened, it can take some time to heal as keeping weight off this part of the foot can be challenging. Landing awkwardly on your foot after a slip, trip or fall or a sports accident are the most common causes of these types of injuries.
What can I do if somebody else is to blame?
If you think somebody else caused your accident then we encourage you to get in touch with us. Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience handling personal injury claims and we have helped thousands of people to get the compensation they deserve after their accident. Why not call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile to find out more about making a claim?