When we think of serious injuries that often occur at work, we often imagine head, neck, back, and hand injuries. What we don’t often think about are the injuries to one’s feet and ankles. But these injuries can also prove very serious.
In fact, foot and ankle injuries can even prove debilitating. Such injuries can be chronic, occurring as a result of repetitive motion or overuse, while others can be acute, resulting from a single incident. Because we do so much on our feet, injuries to this area of the body can impact a worker’s ability to perform basic tasks of his or her job. And in the most serious cases, foot and ankle injuries can lead to permanent disability for the individual.
Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Injuries
While foot and ankle injuries can be acute or chronic, there are common specific causes of these injuries in the workplace. Such causes include:
- Falling from higher up
- Getting caught in machinery
- Stepping on a sharp object
- Slip and falls
- Walking or standing for long periods of time
- Repetitive activities (motion)
Which Professions are Riskier?
While foot and ankle injuries can occur in just about any job position, there are some professions that are more prone to these injuries. This is likely because the most common cause of foot and ankle injuries in the workplace are slip and fall accidents. Jobs at a higher risk of these injuries include:
- Individuals in manufacturing (roofers, laborers, masons, etc.)
- Individuals in retail (servers, cooks, cashiers, etc.)
- Auto mechanics
When someone suffers a foot and/or ankle injury at work, it can result in a variety of outcomes:
- Injury to Cartilage
- Bone fractures
- Puncture wounds
- Plantar Fasciitis
From inflammation to amputation, each of these injuries can have a long-lasting impact on your life and your ability to do your job. That’s why it’s so important that you take the proper precautions to prevent such injuries from occurring in the first place. Remember to always wear appropriate footwear at work. Do not wear open-toe shoes or those with still soles. Instead, ensure that yours are slip-resistant and provide you with good support. Additionally, it’s very important that you and your employer perform proper hazard assessment to ensure that potential hazards are taken care of, employees are properly trained, and everyone is in compliance with all policies.
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP Can Help
When you have been seriously injured in an accident, you may not even know how to proceed. Luckily, the attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP can help. We understand the impact that an injury or the loss of your job can have on all aspects of your life. That’s why we’re here to help you. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!