Our feet are pivotal to driving. They operate the pedals which make us move and stop when needed. Unfortunately, our feet are also exposed if a crash occurs.
Ankle injuries are relatively common during a road traffic collision, and they can be severely painful. Outlined below are some of the more common ankle injuries, ranging from minor to very serious.
Sprains and strains
Sprains and strains may sound minor, to begin with, but these injuries are extremely painful. A sprained ankle can leave you unable to put weight on your feet for several weeks. This means you can’t walk, drive or carry out your daily activities. If you’ve suffered damage to tendons or ligaments, then the recovery process can become a lot more complicated. It is often reported that the pain levels suffered during ankle sprains are more difficult to cope with than fractures.
The ankle joint comprises three bones, the tibia, fibula and talus. All of these are susceptible to fractures during a car crash. In some cases, they may even be fractured simultaneously. Even more minor ankle fractures tend to have a recovery period of several months. In more severe cases, ankle fractures may require multiple surgeries before they start to heal properly.
If your ankle injury has been caused by a negligent driver, then you may be able to file a claim for legal compensation. As you do this, make sure you have obtained guidance from someone with experience handling personal injury claims.