The Cost of Injury: The Foot
It’s a literal pain to get back on your feet after a foot injury. In fact, the foot is one of the top five body parts attributing to work days lost. In continuation of our Cost of Injury* series, let’s dive deeper in the cost of foot injuries and how to prevent them.
Looking at the combined cost of foot injuries and wages lost, a work related foot injury costs an average of $28,000. By comparison, here are some common foot injury types:
There are 26 bones in the foot. Due to the weight bearing function of the foot, these bones are susceptible to stress fractures or an acute fracture due to a crushing injury or a slip, trip and fall. Typical medical intervention for any fracture includes an x-ray (cost ranging $170 – $2,000) and casting ($250). If surgery is needed, the price tag can increase by $5,100 – $13,600.
Foot/Ankle Sprain and Strain
With 33 joins, there are a lot of corresponding ligaments and tendons. Rolling an ankle can result in a sprain in your main ligaments and strain to the surrounding muscles and tendons, and a lot of discomfort. Looking at lateral ankle sprains, the most common type of foot and ankle sprains, the median cost is $1,000!
The plantar fascia is the band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot. The tissue can become irritated due to prolonged standing on hard surfaces. While plantar fasciitis is easy to diagnose and can resolve with proper footwear, stretches and exercises, it could result in surgery. Surgery can cost $10,000 or more!
Workplace foot injuries can be caused by punctures, crushing, lacerations and slip, trip and fall incidents. When these do occur, proper footwear can reduce the risk of injury. Yes, those steel-toed shoes aren’t just a fashion statement, but vital for injury prevention!
Try these tips to get even more protection from your shoes:
– Implement a Shoe Rotation – on day 1, wear pair A. Day 2, wear pair B.
– Evaluate Your Equipment – is there noticeable wear and tear on the insoles? Switch them out with new ones! Is the tread on the outsole smooth and worn down? Time to go shoe shopping!
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Be sure to check out our other blogs for further injury prevention education and tips from Work Right NW!