A fractured metatarsal can cause an injury claim in Mirfield
The metatarsal bones, of which there are five, are the long bones in the forefoot, which connect the ankle bones to the toes. The first metatarsal is linked to the big toe and so on across to the last one being linked to the little toe. Together, they share the weight of the body and move when we walk to cope with uneven ground. They are normally injured by a direct blow to the foot, a twisting injury, over use or a stress fracture, which is caused through wear and tear. If you sustain a fracture to your metatarsals in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make an injury claim in Mirfield.
If you break a metatarsal bone an injury claim in Mirfield may be in order
Anyone can fracture their metatarsals but sports people seem prone to this particular injury, footballers especially. There are many theories why this is the case such as artificial surfaces having a higher impact on the feet and the evolution of football boots has made them more light and flexible, giving less protection to the feet. In recent years some well known football stars have suffered this injury, among them Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville, Roy Keane, Ledley King, David Nugent and Ashley Cole. If this injury happens to you, you may be able to make an injury claim in Mirfield.
The symptoms, treatment and recovery time of a fractured metatarsal
You will soon know if you have broken one of these bones. The foot becomes painful, swells and bruises very quickly after the accident that causes it and your injury claim in Mirfield. The treatment depends on the severity, but can include:
- The foot must be rested for 4 – 8 weeks
- Ice packs and painkillers
- A plaster cast for 4 – 6 weeks
- After the plaster has been removed, protective supporting boots to aid the healing process
- In severe cases, possibly the insertion of pins or screws to hold the bones in place and speed recovery
- Then gentle exercise to strengthen the foot
The recovery time varies greatly, in the case of the footballers cited above, their return to training varied between 6 weeks for David Nugent and 21 weeks for Gary Neville.
Making a personal injury claim
If your metatarsals sustain fractures in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. While you are sitting at home resting your foot, give Accident Advice Helpline a call and tell them the details of your accident and injury. We will be able to tell you instantly if you qualify for a personal injury compensation claim. Call our advisors on 0800 180 4123 and they will give you free legal advice about your situation.
If you prefer, you can complete our online 30-second test. This will give you a rough estimate of the amount of compensation you can expect to be awarded.
Date Published: 28th August 2013