A person’s feet and ankles work together to help provide support and mobility to the rest of their body. Unfortunately, foot and ankle injuries are very common and can occur in a variety of ways, such as falls, twisting, bending, jerking, or jamming. Injuries can occur to the bones or the soft tissue in the feet or ankles.
Foot and ankle injuries can be painful and crippling. When an injury does occur, there can be sudden and severe pain, or swelling and bruising may occur at a later time. Depending on the severity of the injuries, surgeries, extensive medical treatment, and physical therapy may be required. Some cases may even result in permanent disabilities such as limited movement or constant pain.
Types of Foot or Ankle Injuries
There are a few different types of foot or ankle injuries that can occur. For example, a bone can be fractured in a car crash or the ligament can be sprained in an unsafe premises fall. Some of the most common foot or ankle injuries are:
- Fractures- also known as broken bones
- Strains- the overstretching of muscles that causes the muscle fibers to tear
- Sprains- the stretching or tearing of ligaments that connect bones and joints
- Contusions- a deep bruise to the foot caused by internal bleeding
- Crushing injuries- tissues are damaged by being squeezed or compressed causing bleeding into the tissues and swelling
- Puncture wounds- an open cut or wound caused by a sharp or pointed object. Puncture wounds can lead to infections if not properly treated
- Dislocations- an injury to a joint (where at least two or more bones come together) which the ends of the bones are forced from their normal positions
Common Causes of Ankle or Foot Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered a foot or ankle injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact Powers Taylor today. Consult an attorney as soon as possible- even before discussing the matter with an insurance company or adjuster. The sooner you are aware of your rights and options, the better. One of our experienced attorneys will be able to evaluate your potential claim and advise you of your rights.