Foot injuries can range from strains and sprains to fractured ankles, bones in the foot or toes – even the loss of a toe. You could suffer foot injuries after a car accident, a slip, trip or fall or after your foot is crushed by heavy things falling on it. Foot injuries not only impact your mobility, they also have a knock-on effect on your work and social life, with a recovery period anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. When it comes to how to treat foot injuries, the type of treatment you’ll need will depend on the severity of your injuries and what has happened.
What treatment do you need?
You’ll normally need to see a doctor for X-rays if your foot is very swollen and you can’t put weight on it. Serious fractures may require surgery. Once you’re home, you can use ice to ease swelling and pain for the first 48-72 hours after your accident – you can also keep your foot elevated and use compression bandages. Anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin can be used to reduce pain and swelling. You may need to use crutches or have physiotherapy to full recover from your injury.
When it comes to how to treat foot injuries, your doctor will advise you of the time scale for getting back into physical activity. It’s usually recommended to get back into things slowly, with low impact exercise like swimming.
Should you make a personal injury claim?
There’s a three-year time limit after your accident in which you can make a personal injury claim. Of course, it’s up to you whether or not you want to make a claim, but if you’ve been injured due to somebody else’s negligence, you’re entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering and any loss of earnings you’ve experienced after time off work. Although knowing how to treat foot injuries is important, it’s also important to think about how you will cope financially whilst you’re off work. If you’ve suffered a serious fracture or the loss of a toe for example, your mobility may be affected and you may struggle to return to work, which could seriously impact your finances in future.
Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have a viable personal injury claim and get confidential, no-obligation advice, whatever your situation. Whether you have suffered a broken ankle or a more minor injury, you’re entitled to make a claim if somebody else is at fault for your accident.
Date Published: May 30, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton