Numerous injuries can occur as a result of an accident. A more commonly occurring one in recent times has been fractured metatarsals.
For example a number of footballers suffered this injury recently and some people have theorised that this is due to using bladed or combination blade and stud boots.
Whatever the reason, it is important to know the symptoms of a fractured metatarsal in order to make a claim.
What to look for
First of all you need to know what a metatarsal is. In simple terms, these are the bones between the tarsal, more commonly known as ankle, bones and the phalanges of the toes. Each foot has five of these bones and they often have to take the weight while people are moving, regardless of whether they are running, walking or carrying the shopping.
The two most common forms of metatarsal injuries are damage caused by an object falling on top of them, or a twist during a fall – the latter being an increasingly common injury amongst athletes.
The two main types of fractures to look out for are stress and acute – acute being the sudden impact caused by heavy objects, stress referring to damage that occurs over a long period of time.
- Gradual pain
- Pain in the middle or front of the foot
- Pain that gets worse while walking or standing
- Swelling or redness around the bone
- Pain when touching the feet
Why the symptoms of a fractured metatarsal matter
It is reasonable enough to ask why you ought to get this checked and how this relates to insurance claims. A good example is in the workplace. You could potentially demonstrate that not being shown how to correctly lift something resulted in an accident that led to an injury. Alternatively it may be that you were given unsuitable footwear and this led to stress fractures over time.
If an injury means you cannot work, then you could lose a lot of money due to your absence. A lot of people are scared to make claims because they fear it will cost their employer. However, this money is not taken from the company but from their insurance so people should not be afraid of seeking money if they are entitled to compensation.
This is why it is important to talk to someone with the relevant experience. At Accident Advice Helpline we have experts on hand who can discuss your claim with you. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day and we can work with you to see if you can make a claim and give you the chance to get the compensation you deserve!
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown