Can you tell me about a fractured foot?
A fractured foot is very common, as our feet are vulnerable to tripping, twisting and having objects dropped on them. Roughly 10% of broken bones are in the feet, each foot having a total of 26 bones just waiting to be fractured.
What causes a fractured foot?
Most bones break suddenly as a result of an accident or injury. As with all broken bones, there are many causes; a few that can create a fractured foot are:
- Toes being fractured when you accidentally kick something hard;
- Having something dropped on your foot;
- Heels are often broken after landing hard on your feet from a height;
- Twisting you foot or ankle as you fall or slip; and
- Small cracks, called stress fractures, can occur in the foot bones over a long period of stress to the feet. This type of fracture often happens to athletes, hikers, dancers, runners and gymnasts.
What are the symptoms of a fractured foot?
It depends on what part of the foot is fractured. The pain can be extreme, but if it is a toe that is broken then the pain would be less. There could also be:
- Coldness or numbness; and
- The foot can become misshapen or look deformed.
How will my fractured foot be treated?
That depends on the severity of the injury, but common treatments are:
- Crutches to keep the weight off the foot. It is important that these are the correct size for you and that you use them in the right way. When using them, put your weight onto your arms and hands, not your armpits, as this can damage your nerves;
- A foot brace;
- Broken toes can be treated by binding them to another toe; and
- Ice to reduce the swelling.
Who do I speak to if someone or something else caused my fractured foot?
If you have suffered a fractured foot through no fault of your own, Accident Advice Helpline are who you need to speak to. For over 15 years we have been dealing with personal injury compensation claims, and have many thousands of satisfied customers. Amongst those were many with a fractured foot, so this type of injury is not new to us.
Accident Advice Helpline adhere to four key principles — integrity, reliability, dependability and accountability — which have served us well, and we have no doubt they will continue to do so. e provide a top quality service that gives complete customer satisfaction.
We have a freephone number, 0800 689 0500, where there are friendly, professional advisors there to assist you with your personal injury compensation claim. They are there all day every day for you to call. On our website there is also the 30-second test, which can be used as a rough guide to the amount of compensation you can expect to receive, or you can complete our online claim form.