Your foot is a complex system made up of dozens of bones and joints and at least one hundred tendons. Injury to the foot from a car accident occurs when the forces of an accident crush or bend the foot.Foot pain after a car accident can be caused by major sprains and fractures. Heel and mid-foot fractures are two common fractures associated with car accidents.
Foot Injuries and Heel Fractures After a Car Accident
A fracture of the heel bone (calcaneus) in a car accident is caused by the heel of the foot slamming into the floorboard. The force of this impact crushes the heel thereby fracturing the bone.The bone in the heel is not dense. Its construction is more like a hard-boiled egg – hard on the outside but spongy on the inside. When it breaks the outside fragments and the bone collapses.The pain associated with a heel fracture could be mistaken as just a bruising. Therefore, it is important to seek treatment from an experienced orthopedist after a car accident.There are long term consequences if your heel injury goes untreated. These include:
- joint pain
- widening of back of heel
- pain beneath fleshy part of the heel
- nerve damage that feels like burning
- walking with a limp due to bone collapse
Mid-foot Fracture After a Car Accident
This type of fracture is also known as a Lisfranc fracture. A Lisfranc fracture occurs at mid-foot on top of the arch. Many times a Lisfranc injury also includes sprains since that area of the foot is interlaced with tendons. This type of injury happens in high velocity indirect impact situations common to car accidents.A Lisfranc fracture will be evident by the inability to put weight on your foot. A stable Lisfranc injury requires non-operative treatment and takes six to eight weeks to recover.
Diagnosing Foot Injuries Using the Latest Technology
At AICA our orthopedists specialize in car accident injuries to the foot. We will work to make sure that the injury is diagnosed correctly using state of the art tools. With an X-ray, our orthopedists examine the area from several different orientations.X-rays usually give us the information that we need to diagnose your injury. However, this is not always the case. For example, 20 percent of Lisfranc fractures are missed with traditional X-ray, but identified with an MRI. If necessary, we’ll use CT scans and MRI’s to take a closer look at your injury.
Choose AICA Ortho & Spine to Heal Your Foot
As an accident and injury clinic we make sure you get the care you need. We will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that leads to recovery.Surgical procedures are only included in your treatment plan as a last resort. In fact, only one percent of our patients require surgery. If surgery is required, you can rest assured knowing that we specialize in non-invasive surgery.The orthopedic specialists at AICA Ortho & Spine are experts in diagnosing and treating accident injuries. Call us at 404-855-2141 and make an appointment to begin healing your foot today.