Many industries require workers to have steel-toed shoes when they work. These provide optimal protection for the feet so they don’t suffer damage due to falling objects or other hazards that can crush the foot.
Crush injuries to the foot take weeks or longer to heal, depending on the extent of the damage. There are many different types of injuries that can occur when something falls on the foot or crushes it.
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The medical team will do imaging scans to determine what’s going on. Imaging scans and a physical exam are likely. The treatment depends on the type of injury and the severity of it.
What are the risks of a crushing injury?
One of the primary risks of a crushing injury is compartment syndrome. This is a life-threatening condition that requires emergency treatment. It’s caused by internal bleeding or swelling of tissues leading to extreme pressure in the area.
This syndrome limits the oxygen and blood to the impacted area. It can cause tissue death that results in permanent damage.
Anyone who’s suffered a crush injury to the foot should pay close attention to the area. If they notice muscle pain, numbness, visible swelling, bulging tissue, or severe pain in the area, they should seek medical care right away.
You should report a crushing injury to your employer. Workers’ compensation should cover the medical expenses related to the injury. While some people will be able to return to work right away, others may need a longer period off work. You may qualify for benefits that pay part of your wages until you can return to work.