FOOT & ANKLE INJURIES - FRACTURES - COMMON CAUSES -
LEVELS OF SEVERITY
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The body is a complex thing and this page aims to aid our current and potential clients with the information necessary to educate themselves about the injuries already diagnosed by treating physicians - Important Note - Our medical information by no means offers you medical advice. IMPORTANT NOTE - We are lawyers not doctors. We love the study of medicine as it is fascinating. Most importantly, we must know the medical side of your case and anatomy of your injuries to effectively represent you in your California Personal Injury Case. We gladly defer to your medical professional in this regard and they are always your first and best source for medical information.
FOOT & ANKLE INJURIES - CAUSES AND VALUATION
Foot, Ankle & Toe Injuries & Background Information
At one time or another, everyone has had a minor toe, foot, or ankle injury that caused pain or swelling. Most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from every day wear and tear, overuse, or an injury.
Toe, foot, or ankle injuries most commonly occur during:
- Sports or recreational activities;
- Unexpected accidents, such as car accidents, falls from height or work related accidents;
- Work or projects around the home.
In children, most toe, foot, or ankle injuries occur during sports or play or accidental falls. The risk for injury is higher in sports with jumping, such as basketball, or sports with quick direction change, such as soccer or football. Any bone injury near a joint may injure the growth plate in a child and needs to be evaluated.
Certain athletes, such as dancers, gymnasts, or soccer or basketball players, have an increased risk of toe, foot, or ankle injuries.
Older adults are at higher risk for injuries and fractures because they lose muscle mass and bone strength (osteopenia) as they age. They also have more problems with vision and balance, which increases their risk for accidental injury.
Most minor injuries will heal on their own, and home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve your symptoms and promote healing.
An acute injury may occur from a direct blow, a penetrating injury, or a fall, or from twisting, jerking, jamming, or bending a limb abnormally. Your pain may be sudden and severe. Bruising and swelling may develop soon after your injury.
Bruises - After an ankle injury, bruising may extend to your toes from the effects of gravity;Puncture wounds
- Sharp objects, such as nails, tacks, ice picks, knives, teeth, and needles, can all cause puncture wounds. Puncture wounds increase your risk for infection because they are hard to clean and they provide a warm, moist place for bacteria to grow. The bacteria Pseudomonas is a common cause of infections when a puncture wound occurs through the sole of an athletic shoe.Injuries to Ligaments that Support your Joints
- Injuries to Tendons, such as ruptured tendons in your heel (Achilles Tendon). This usually occurs during activity and is relieved with home treatment.
- If a sprain does not appear to be healing, a condition known as Osteochondritis Dissecans may be present, causing persistent symptoms.
- Pulled muscles (strains). Muscles of the foot and ankle can be strained and can also rupture;
- Broken bones (fractures), such as a broken toe;
- A bone moving out of place (dislocation);
- A crushing injury, which can lead to compartment syndrome.
Overuse injuries occur when too much stress is placed on your joint or other tissue, often by "overdoing" an activity or repeating the same activity over and over.
Overuse injuries include:
Retrocalcaneal Bursitis, which is inflammation of the bursa. This condition causes swelling and tenderness of the heel. Pain usually gets worse while you are wearing shoes and during activity, and it improves during rest.
Achilles tendinitis or Tendinosis (Tendinopathy), which is the breakdown of soft tissues in and around the Achilles tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.
Stress fracture, which is a hairline crack in a bone. Plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a broad, flat ligament on the bottom of the foot that extends from the front of the heel to the base of the toes and helps maintain the arch of the foot. Metatarsalgia, which is pain in the front (ball) of the foot.
Treatment for your toe, foot, or ankle injury may include first aid measures (such as the application of a brace, splint, or cast), a special shoe (orthotic device), physical therapy, medicine, and, in some cases, surgery.
- The location, type, and severity of your injury;
- When the injury occurred;
- Your age, your overall health condition, and your activities (such as work, sports, or hobbies);
According to a recent Jury Verdict Research analysis, based on plaintiffs’ verdicts nationally over the last ten years, the overall median award for foot injuries is $98,583. Multiple fractures to the same foot increase the median to $144,000. In foot injury cases where both feet are fractured, the median rises to $296,940. In another Jury Verdict Research study back in October 2010, it found that 39% of the foot injuries cases that go to verdict were suffered in auto, truck or motorcycle accidents.
In fact, a full 11% of these injuries were in motorcycle accident cases. This is incredibly high given the number of driver miles on a motorcycle versus the number logged in cars and trucks. Then again, your risk of dying in a motor vehicle accident 28 times more likely if you are riding a sports bike than if you are enjoying the comforts of a car or truck.
Overall, accordingly to a 2010 study, the average (as opposed to the median) foot injury award was $703,703. Thirteen percent of foot injury awards were in excess of $1 million.
Foot and ankle injury cases command quality verdicts because foot injuries are difficult to diagnose and even harder to treat. The foot is composed of 26 “major” bones that are important to mobility and hard to repair. When you add the fact that there are 56 ligaments and 38 muscles in each foot and there are four distinct ranges of motion in the foot, there is a lot that can and does go wrong for people who suffer a foot injury from trauma.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious traumatic foot, or ankle injuries due to the fault of another person or company, Tryk Law – Accident Injury Attorneys are available to discuss your potential case. Just call our office to speak with an attorney at 559-840-3240
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