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Workers at Risk for Debilitating Foot and Ankle Injuries

Philadelphia Workers' Compensation lawyers assist workers who have suffered foot and ankle injuries.Despite sounding somewhat minor, foot and ankle injuries can be debilitating. They can occur as the result of a single incident (acute), or from repetitive movement/overuse (chronic). They can occur anywhere – even the workplace.

Foot and ankle injuries can severely affect and even limit a worker’s ability to do their job. In fact, in severe cases, they can even lead to permanent disability. In 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 60,000 foot injuries per year resulted in lost work days.

Common Causes

Some of the common causes of foot and ankle injuries in the workplace include:

At-Risk Professions

The most common of these accidents in the workplace are slip and fall accidents. Although these types of accidents can occur just about anywhere, there are certain jobs in which workers are more prone to incur a related injury:

Resulting Injuries

Workplace injuries may include:

  • Amputation – an amputation occurs in the most serious of accidents. Common causes of amputation include getting a foot caught in machinery or injury in a motor vehicle accident. Additionally, sometimes fractures or injuries in which the foot is crushed can necessitate amputation.
  • Bone fractures: It is not very difficult to fracture a bone in the foot or ankle, as they are small and relatively fragile. This can happen in a number of ways, including crush injuries, in which the foot gets stuck beneath something.
  • Burns: Burns to feet and ankles can be caused by exposure to extreme heat or chemicals.
  • Damage to Cartilage: Cartilage can be injured when a worker suffers a bad sprain or fracture.
  • Puncture wounds: Puncture wounds can occur from stepping on tools or sharp objects and can make simple tasks such as standing or walking to be an issue.
  • Sprains/Strains: Sprains/strains can occur from twisting one’s ankle. This is extremely common in the winter months due to black ice and inclement weather.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: The most common cause of heel pain in adults, the inflammation of the plantar fascia typically occurs from repetitive activity on the foot, such as standing or walking for long periods at a time.
  • Tendonitis: Tendonitis can occur from overuse, when the tendons around the ankle joints become swollen or irritated.

Injury Prevention

It is important to know what it is that you can do to prevent these injuries. The most important thing is to find appropriate footwear. When possible, you should wear shoes with stiff soles and good arch support which are slip-resistant.

It is also equally important to perform a hazard assessment, clearing away debris and putting away tools and materials to minimize any issues. Finally, employers must properly train employees to comply with all workplace policies.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Assist Workers Who Have Suffered Foot and Ankle Injuries

If you or a loved one has suffered a foot or ankle injury in the workplace, it is important to protect yourself from the losses that you may incur. That is why seeking out an experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer of Gross & Kenny, LLP can make a big difference. For a free consultation, call 267-589-0090 of contact us online today. From our Philadelphia office, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania