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Foot Injuries

Foot injuries can happen to almost anyone at any time, with the biggest contributing factor being sports and other athletic pursuits. Your feet have about 25-percent of all the bones in your body. Besides the 26 bones in each foot, you also have over 30 joints as well.

 

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Also included is a system of muscles, ligaments and tendons. Your nerves and blood vessels make up the remaining physiology of your feet.

Consider all of the abuse your feet take in the course of a regular day. Walking, tripping, jumping, stubbing toes on your child's toys. Your feet can take quite a beating. When you add sports or some other athletic pursuit, it is no wonder that bone fractures and strained muscles, tendons and ligaments are to blame for the majority of foot injuries.

The metatarsal bones in your foot are connected to your toes (or phalanges) and bear the brunt of your weight and movement. All of the bones in your feet are connected together by tendons and ligaments. The ligaments tend to link bones and cartilage together while tendons join the muscles to the bone.

Perhaps the best known part of your foot is your Achilles tendon, also known as the Achilles heel. It is the strongest tendon in your body, yet the most susceptible to foot injuries due to the fact that it is in a vulnerable place, the bottom of your leg. The Achilles tendon, in layman's terms, attaches the calf muscle in your leg to your heel bone. Excessive jumping and running are big culprits in foot injuries and can cause your Achilles to rupture or tear. It can also be due to someone stepping on your foot or ankle or not properly warming up before an activity.

Broken bones or stress fractures are also at the top of the foot injuries list. Repeated foot injuries can wear down the muscles in your feet, causing them to be able to withstand less and less impact. A stress fracture occurs when your overworked muscles transfer the impact of your activity to the bones to absorb. Many times people may not realize at once that they have broken a bone because the pain occurs in conjunction with other foot injuries.

Because of the involved physiology of your feet, there are quite a few foot injuries that can be sustained through a variety of activities. Whether you are involved in sports or a leisurely pastime like walking or hiking, it is important to warm-up slowly and build-up your stamina to avoid hurting yourself. Improper conditioning and warm-ups are major contributors to foot injuries.

Other types of foot injuries can occur in work-related accidents, car accidents or due to negligence on someone's property to name a few. If you do happen to sustain an injury, it is important to conduct proper first aid in regards to splinting or immobilization. Afterwards, get to a doctor as soon as possible so that they can accurately assess the damage and get you on to the path of healing. Putting off your doctor's treatment could result in permanent impairment.

If you've received a foot injury caused by someone else, seek medical attention first. Keep all the documentation and take detailed notes as they may be useful later if you intend to seek compensation through the other party's insurance company or if you decide to seek out your own lawyer. Having a special folder set aside for medical bills and notes from the injury and medical treatment have helped many get the compensation they deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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