Your foot is an intricate system comprised of dozens of joints and bones and at least one hundred tendons. A foot injury deriving from a car accident occurs when the forces of the accident bend or crush the foot.
Foot pain following a car accident can be caused by major fractures and sprains. Heel and mid-foot fractures are two common fractures associated with automobile accidents. If you injure your foot in an accident or suffer from chronic pain, contact our Conyers Chiropractors to schedule a free consultation.
A fracture of the heel bone (calcaneus) in an automobile accident is caused by the heel of the foot slamming into the floorboard. The force of this impact smashes the heel, thereby fracturing the bone.
The bone in the heel is not dense. Its construction is similar to that of a hard-boiled egg – hard on the outside, but soft and spongy on the inside. When it breaks, the outside shatters and the bone collapses. The pain associated with a heel fracture could be mistaken for simple bruising. Therefore, it is important to seek treatment from an experienced orthopedist following a car accident.
There are long-term consequences if your heel injury goes untreated. These include:
This kind of fracture is also known as a Lisfranc fracture. A Lisfranc fracture occurs at mid-foot on top of the arch. A Lisfranc injury can also include sprains since that area of the foot is interlaced with tendons.
This kind of injury happens in high-velocity indirect impact situations common to automobile accidents. A Lisfranc fracture will be evident by the inability to bear weight on your foot. A stable Lisfranc injury requires non-operative treatment and takes six to eight weeks to heal.
At AICA Conyers, our Chiropractors specialize in car accident injuries of 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 Conyers Chiropractors 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 unrecognized and overlooked 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.
As an accident and injury clinic, we make sure you get the care you need. We will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that leads to recovery. The Chiropractors at AICA Conyers are experts in diagnosing and treating accident injuries. Call us at (404) 602-0386 and make an appointment to begin healing your foot today.