People often do not realise just how complex and complicated the human foot is, but the fact is that our feet contain 25% of all the bones in the human body. What this means is that there are a lot of small bones grouped together in a complex structure, and due to the stress placed on the feet during all manner of movement this unfortunately means that they can be susceptible to fractures.
A fractured foot can be a painful and annoying complaint, and there are a number of things which a sufferer needs to know which this article will attempt to illuminate them about. With this aim in mind, this article will answer questions like what types of fracture are there, how to cope with a fractured foot, how soon can you walk on a fractured foot and could you claim compensation?
Types of fracture
Generally speaking, there are two main types of foot fracture — fractures caused by noticeable trauma like an impact, fall or accident; and stress fractures. Stress fractures are caused by repetitive stress being placed on the bones in the foot, can often develop gradually and are most common amongst soldiers or athletes, who place sustained pressure on their feet through copious amounts of exercise and activity.
How to cope with a fractured foot
When you first feel pain in your foot which you suspect may be a fracture, you should attempt to keep as much weight off the foot, even if you can physically walk, until you have consulted your doctor. After this you should follow your doctor’s advice, which may range from taking painkillers to wearing a cast or boot, and most importantly you just have to be patient and wait for your foot to heal. A key question which arises from having to be patient, therefore, is that of how soon can you walk on a fractured foot.
How soon can you walk on a fractured foot?
When it comes to the question of how soon can you walk on a fractured foot, it does very much depend on the severity and location of the fracture. Because of this, the best advice that can be given is to follow the guidance of your doctor as to whether you should walk on the foot, or as to how long to wait until you can walk normally again.
Could you claim compensation?
If you suffer a fractured foot and somebody else was to blame, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation to account for the physical, emotional and financial pain that you have endured. The best way to find out where you stand or to get the ball rolling on a claim is to contact Accident Advice Helpline on either 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 12th October 2013
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Foot injury claim