Foot amputations are relatively rare. Each year, podiatric surgeons perform 185,000 of these procedures as a last resort to save a patient’s life. Just over half of foot amputations are due to vascular diseases, such as diabetes or periphery arterial disease. The other half of limb losses are due to trauma. Less than 2% of cases are related to cancer. No matter the reason, it is one of the most emotional decisions any doctor or any patient has to go through. The patient’s mental state is of utmost importance to recovery, so we like to share stories of extraordinary people across America who have found a way to cope. An inspirational story comes to us out of El Reno, Oklahoma, where a woman has taken to Instagram to spread her cancer prevention message in a most unconventional way.
Doc Martens are a British footwear brand associated with counterculture groups. Originally, they were worn by postal carriers and factory workers, so they became a symbol of “the working class” beloved by skinheads, punks, and oi bands. Later, Pete Townshend from The Who brandished a pair, instantly making them a symbol of the rebellious 60s. The brand creators write in their bio: “Dr. Martens’ appeal to people who have their own individual style but share a united spirit—authentic characters who stand for something.” But image aside, there is more than meets the eye with Doc Martens: They can be a real foot-saver in the event of a traumatic accident!
If you’re a male Baby Boomer in New York City, look before you leap! Your demographic is most likely to be struck by a car while walking around NYC. According to statistics collected from 2011-2015, there were 30 male baby boomers hit by cars per month. You’re also more at risk if you are walking during the evening rush or if you’re walking in Brooklyn. Continue reading to hear more about NYC pedestrian injuries and safe walking in the Big Apple from New York City’s best foot and ankle specialists.
You’re rushing around the house, with your mind focused on a task you need to get done, when you cut a corner too close or step into a piece of furniture. The pain sensation rushes straight to your brain and out your mouth. “OW!” you instinctively cry out. This has happened to all of us at one point or another. The problem occurs when the toe begins to swell and turn purple. It can be difficult to tell a stubbed toe from a broken toe — especially considering that there are so many nerve endings in the feet, a basic toe stub can feel like a bus has just run over your foot.
One of our specialties at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is the treatment of trauma. We get a lot of car accident victims through our doors who have immediate emergency surgery needs. There is a lot of blood and gore that is certainly not for the faint of heart! One of the unfortunate truths about many of these injuries is that they are avoidable — particularly the cases where someone was riding with feet on the dashboard.
Is It Dangerous To Put Feet On The Dashboard?
In the most horrific cases, feet on the dashboard have caused driver distraction — which, in turn, causes a sudden crash. Roll-over crashes where everyone is buckled in properly may be terrifying, but often everyone can walk away with barely a scratch. In the cases where someone’s foot was on the dashboard, the legs and feet can go straight through the dashboard, causing immediate amputation. Sometimes people recover the missing toes and ask foot surgeons to “sew them back on again.” Only — it isn’t always so simple, especially if the tendons, nerves and flesh have suffered tremendous damage in the collision.
Airbags Are A Blessing… But Only If You’re Seated Properly.
According to RAC Insurance in Australia, airbags deploy at about 205 miles per hour, with a force greater than 881 pounds. The idea is that your face hits the airbag long a second after the initial propulsion of the safety device. However, if your feet are right on top of the airbag, there is no second. They are instantly impacted.
“Where a passenger has their feet on the dashboard, airbag deployment could result in their knees being forced into their chest or face,” RAC cautions. On top of that, there are risks of leg fractures, fractured feet, spinal injuries and injury to internal organs when the effectiveness of the seat belt is compromised.
Feet On Dashboards Cause Distraction & Injury.
The Toronto Metroadds that legs and feet up on the dashboard can block the driver’s view of the passenger-side window and mirror, not to mention cause a distraction for other people driving around them. Forum conversations verify that a number of people have, in fact, noticed passengers with feet on the dashboard. They tell stories of people they know who’ve suffered broken ankles, multiple leg fractures, pulled ligaments, broken cheekbones and jaws, ripped off legs and traumatic bleeding deaths.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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