A crush injury is exactly (and is as painful) as it sounds: an injury to your foot that damages one or multiple parts of the foot or ankle. Because each injury is different, the type of treatment recommended, the amount of scar tissue remaining, and the length of recovery time will all depend upon the complexity of the injury.
Causes of Crush Injuries
- Heavy object falling on your foot
- Your foot getting caught between two moving objects
- Your foot under a moving vehicle's tires
Symptoms of Crush Injuries
- Open wounds, which require immediate attention as they expose you to infections
- Skin, tissue, and/or nerve damage
Treatments for Crush Injuries
- Boot, cast, splint, or shoe to prevent movement of the injured foot
- Elevation of the injured foot, preferably at a level about that of your heart
- Ice, 15-20 minutes at a time every 1-2 hours for the first 48 hours after the injury; use an ice pack or wrap the ice in a towel before placing it against your skin
- Over-the-counter medicines to control pain (Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medication.)
- Physical therapy
- Time; go easy on your injured foot so it has time to heal itself
Prevention of Crush Injuries
- Being mindful of where you step at all times
- Wearing steel to shoes when working with heavy objects
Text Us About Crush Injuries
At New Orleans Podiatry Associates, we are experts in treating crush injuries. Our lead podiatrist, Dr. Edward M. Lang, has been helping patients resolve crush injuries for over 30 years. Please text our HIPAA-compliant communication platform at (866) 875-4570 and chat directly with our team to learn more about crush injuries relief. You do not have to live with crush injuries. We are foot and ankle specialists, and we have helped thousands of patients reclaim their foot health.
Call Us for an Appointment
At New Orleans Podiatry Associates, we are experts in treating foot and ankle pain. Our lead podiatrist, Dr. Edward M. Lang, has been helping patients resolve foot and ankle pain for over 30 years. Please call our main number at (504)-897-3627 for both our New Orleans and Metaire locations, and speak directly with our team to learn more about how New Orleans Podiatry Associates can help you get back on your feet. We are foot and ankle specialists, and we have helped thousands of patients reclaim their foot health.