There are 26 bones in our feet, five of which are called metatarsal bones. These are located in the forefoot and are the long bones down to our toes. The five bones link up with each toe, so the first metatarsal bone is linked with the big toe and so on.
These bones move when we walk and make sure we walk properly on uneven ground. They also support the weight of our body. They can get injured very easily, usually when a forceful blow hits them or when you twist your foot funnily.
If your metatarsal is injured through an accident that was not your own fault, then you may be able to use injury solicitors in Kilkhampton to make an injury compensation claim.
If you break a metatarsal bone you may need the services of injury solicitors in Kilkhampton
It does not matter who you are — you could fracture your metatarsal at any time — although it does seem to be more common in sportspeople, particularly footballers.
People have lots of different theories as to why this happens — maybe because football boots have become lighter than they used to be, so there is now less protection for their feet? The use of artificial surfaces seems to be another theory.
Several famous footballers have sustained this injury, some of whom have been out of action for just a few weeks, and others for several months. They would not have made personal injury claims, because their injuries would have been considered part of playing the sport, but if someone else causes you ever suffer this injury then you should contact injury solicitors in Kilkhampton so that you can make an injury compensation claim.
What the symptoms, treatment and recovery time of a fractured metatarsal are
You will be in no doubt if you have ever fractured this bone, as it is a very painful and upsetting injury. Your foot swells up and it is bruised. This usually happens straight after the accident has happened, then you may think of using injury solicitors in Kilkhampton.
The treatment of this injury can depend on a few things, such as how severe the fracture is, but could involve:
- Ice packs and painkillers;
- A plaster cast for four to six weeks;
- 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;
- Gentle exercise to strengthen the foot; and
- Rest of the foot for four to eight weeks.
The healing time can alter from one person to another, depending on the severity of the injury and the age of the patient. Young bones heal much quicker than those of adults.
Making your broken metatarsal 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 us the details of your accident and injury. Call our advisors on 0800 689 0500/0333 500 0993 from a mobile and they will give you free legal advice about your situation.
Date Published: 15th April 2014
Author: David Brown