Dealing with a crush injury? Find out how a podiatrist can help.
Just as the name suggests, a crush injury occurs when there is enough force placed on the foot to cause a traumatic injury. This is usually the result of a car accident or a heavy object falling on the foot. This injury can lead to serious damage to the tissue, bones and nerves of the foot, which is why it’s important that you seek professional medical attention from our Moorestown, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Howard Abramsohn at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms of a crush injury?
People may experience different symptoms and the severity of the symptoms will depend on the severity of the injury. Some of these symptoms, if left untreated, can lead to further complications so it’s important to seek care as soon as possible. Common symptoms include,
- Swelling and inflammation
- Cuts and open wounds
- Broken or injured toenails
If not properly treated, open wounds and other injuries can lead to infection and other complications even for otherwise healthy individuals. If you aren’t sure whether your condition warrants a trip to visit your Moorestown, NJ, foot doctor, just give us a call and let us know what’s going on. We can help you decide whether it’s best that you get immediate attention or whether you can schedule an appointment for the coming days.
How do you treat a crush injury?
Sometimes, minor crush injuries will heal with simple at-home care such as keeping wounds clean, applying ice or using compression socks to reduce swelling and pain. For those who are dealing with severe pain and swelling, it’s important that you see a foot specialist immediately.
During your appointment, Dr. Abramsohn will examine the foot and take X-rays to check for broken bones or other damage. If complications have arisen, surgery may be necessary. Time is one of the essence when it comes to treating crush injuries. If symptoms don’t improve within three days of seeing us, it’s a good idea to come back into our office for a follow-up visit.
Sometimes a splint, protective boot or crutches will be needed in order to protect the foot while it heals and to reduce any pressure or force placed on the foot when standing or walking.
If a car accident or work-related injury has caused damage to your foot, it’s time to call (856) 234-5180 to schedule an appointment with the foot specialists at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown, NJ!