Crush Injuries

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

  • Bruising
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Open wounds, which require immediate attention as they expose you to infections
  • Pain
  • Skin, tissue, and/or nerve damage
  • Swelling

Treatments for Crush Injuries

  • Boot, cast, splint, or shoe to prevent movement of the injured foot
  • Compression
  • Crutches
  • 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
  • Surgery

Prevention of Crush Injuries

  • Being mindful of where you step at all times
  • Wearing steel to shoes when working with heavy objects

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