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Serious Foot and Ankle Injuries -- A Common Occurrence in Alpharetta Car Wrecks


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3/14/2013
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Foot and Ankle Injuries -- A Common Occurrence in Alpharetta Car Wrecks

At the Dover Law Firm, we often represent clients who have suffered a broken ankle or foot (or damage to the tendons and ligaments in those areas) as a result of a car wreck.

Two bones, known as the tibia and the fibula, connect the ankle to the foot. The tibia is the shin bone and the fibula is the thinner outer bone of the lower leg. These bones are particularly vulnerable in a wreck, since most people will reflexively plant the foot firmly ahead of them in anticipation of a collision.  Either of these bones is easily injured in these circumstances.  At a minimum, they will require casting for prolonged periods of time, usually three to six months.

The worst fractures of the ankle are called trimalleolar fractures.  In this case, the lateral malleolus, medial malleolus and posterior malleolus of the lower tibia are all fractured.  This type of fracture is also called a Cotton fracture.  Recovery from a Cotton fracture is typically prolonged and difficult, and is often complicated by bone infection, nerve injury and chronic arthritis.  All fractures of the ankle can also involve damage to tendons and ligaments.

If you have suffered a serious foot or ankle injury as a result of an Alpharetta car wreck, please contact our office at 770-518-1133 to speak with one of our experienced accident attorneys.



Category: Auto/Truck Wreck


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