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What to know about foot injuries in the workplace

You heard the snap, but know that doesn’t always mean a broken bone. You saw the swelling the next day, and it just kept getting worse.

But, you still can’t believe that your foot is broken. It was a bad fall onto the tarmac, but you were actually able to fly the plane home right afterwards.

Now, you are at home, making bread just to see the result of your effort, after lying around for so long. And you start researching foot injuries.

You see that certain types of workers might be more prone to foot injuries due to the nature of their work.

While pilots aren’t the first on the list, foot injuries can happen anywhere and to anyone if:

  • You fall and land on your foot
  • You drop something heavy onto your foot
  • You are in a car accident impacting your foot
  • You overuse your foot, causing a stress fracture
  • You put your foot down just the wrong way, twisting too far, breaking the bone

In your case, the injury was not immediately obvious after your fall, but there are specific symptoms you can look for.

According to the Mayo clinic, if you break your foot, you might experience some of these symptoms:

  • You feel an immediate, throbbing pain in your foot
  • Your pain gets worse when you use your foot, and better when you rest
  • Your foot swells for more than two or three days
  • You see bruising or discoloration
  • Your foot is very sensitive to pressure, and you have difficulty walking
  • Your foot looks deformed, and getting a shoe on or off is difficult

A foot injury can be extremely painful and can interrupt your life. You may be out of work for a long, or a short period of time. If it’s serious, you may need surgery. If it’s extremely serious, and it’s amputated, it can be devastating.

If you are injured in the workplace, you might consider contacting an attorney specializing in workers compensation or disability to see what legal options are available to you and your family.

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