Car accidents are always in the news, especially when it comes to celebrities like Paul Walker, Tracy Morgan, Justin Bieber, and Will Smith – but they don’t just happen to famous people. Each day there are more than 17,500 car accidents in the United States alone. Added up, each year these accidents cost more than $230 billion dollars in repairs, lost time at work, and injuries. Although most people think of head, neck, and back injuries in car crashes, foot and ankle injuries are very common.
What is the Most Common Foot and Ankle Injury in a Car Accident?
There are many different injuries that can happen, but the most common foot and ankle injury in a car accident is a jammed ankle.
What can happen with a jammed ankle?
- Damage to the ligaments around the ankle joint
- Ankle or heel bone fractures
- Broken ankle or foot bones
- Damage to the joints of the foot and ankle
How Can I Avoid Getting the Most Common Foot and Ankle Injury in a Car Accident?
Unfortunately, some of these injuries are unavoidable. The way that the gas and brake pedals are lined up, the driver constantly has their right leg stretched out, making the foot and ankle more likely to be injured. However, passengers sitting with the knee bent and the foot flat on the floorboard can protect both feet (drivers can protect their left foot). Even though many things determine whether or not you will be injured, this position decreases the chances of a serious foot and ankle injury.
Hollowbrook Foot Specialists in Wappingers Falls, NY often sees the most common foot and ankle injury in a car accident; jammed ankles. Even with emergency room care, many problems in the foot and ankle are often overlooked. Always schedule an appointment with us to see our podiatrist, Dr. David Schlam, for a more detailed look at the health of your feet by calling (845) 298 – 9074 or by clicking here.
By: David Schlam
Hollowbrook Foot Specialists
89 East Main Street
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590