We’ve all done it: you’ve been walking around the house barefooted, when suddenly your toe strikes the corner of a wall. Mind-bending pain follows, followed by a limp which can last for days. Yet, try sharing your agony with someone, and they’re most likely to call you melodramatic, a hypochondriac, or worse.
14 of the 26 bones in your feet are located in the toes. Consequently, there are many different ways of potentially acquiring a toe injury. Claims should always be made if the accident wasn’t your fault and you can lay the blame on somebody else.
A broken toe is a common injury that usually occurs when you drop something on your toe or foot. If the fracture is severe, you may need a cast or even surgery to ensure its proper healing. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and discolouration. If untreated, this injury can lead to complications such as an infection or osteoarthritis, a joint disease.
The pain associated with simple toe fractures can be relieved with over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or acetaminophen. Severe fractures will need stronger painkillers, which can be prescribed by a doctor. However, high volumes of painkillers can themselves have side effects, which you will want to avoid if at all possible.
Another possible consequence of an accident is hammer toe. This is where the joints bend, which can put pressure on your shoe. Hammer toes get worse over time. They should be treated early to avoid a lifetime of discomfort caused by ill-fitting shoes. Then there is the sister injury, mallet toe, which affects the joint nearest the toe nail.
There could be long-lasting consequences of your toe injury, which will have a severe impact on your life and could result in more serious problems in old age. For this reason, a toe injury should always be taken seriously.
Toe injury claims
If you suffer an injury that wasn’t your fault, you shouldn’t hesitate to make a claim. You could be immobilised for weeks, but try telling your employer that you can’t come into work because of your poorly toe and he’s unlikely to react favourably.
Having such a high volume of small bones, there are many ways of acquiring a toe injury. Claims should always be made to get some form of compensation from whoever was responsible for your accident. You could regret not doing so eventually, because in severe cases your pain is likely to last for a long time.
If you want to discuss your claim in more detail with an adviser then dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.