My husband had a severe crush injury in his right foot. He broke all 5 metatarsals. Had surgery and currently has 6 pins in his foot. The open wounds have healed (its been 6 weeks) but he is still in a fair amount of pain. Primarily if his foot is not elevated above his heart he feels like blood is rushing to the foot area and it is extremely painful. As such, he is pretty much bed-ridden. My questions are: will the pain subside once the pins are removed? What is the phenomenon he is feeling with the blood-rushing feeling?
How are you? Crush injuries of the foot are serious and can be difficult to manage. These complex injuries often involve soft tissue and osseous structures. Compartment syndrome is a serious complication that can occur with these types of injuries.
But in your husband's case i think the treatment was given at the appropriate time to prevent serious complications. After surgery does he experience any numbness, pain and heaviness in the limb? As these would suggest an ischaemic injury to the limb and would require attention of the doctor.
Pain would certainly come down after the removal of the pins. Blood-rushing feeling could be due to swelling in the limb and also after continuos elevation when foot is brought into vertical position this feeling might occur. But if the pain is increasing in intensity with time, then it would be better to see the orthopaedician.
All the best.
Thank you for your response. He did not have compartment syndrome. He had surgery approximately 4 hours post-injury following an incident in the ER where they overdosed him and he suffered cardiopulmonary arrest. But still, it was in time and the surgeon did not believe there was any nerve damage in the foot. He does not have any numbness or heaviness in his foot but does have pain which is worse if he is on his crutches. How long does it take to recover from one of these injuries? Are there any vitamins, herbs, or other homeopathic remedies that might help the healing process?
Usually for upper limb fractures healing period is 2-3 weeks and that for lower limb is 4-6 weeks. But as I mentioned earlier crush injury is a complex injury and might take more time for healing. And healing also depends on various factors like nutrition, age, general health etc.
It is advised to take a balanced diet with citrus fruits and leafy vegetables. Supplements of calcium and multivitamin are useful. Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs can be taken for pain relief.
Hello, I suffered a severe crush injury to my right foot 2 years ago. I can totally relate to the pain your husband is having upon lowering the foot. I am not certain of the similarity of our injury, as my open wounds were severe, taking 12 weeks at least to heal, and had 25 stiches where my foot burst from the pressure. I would say if I am remebering correctly theat it was a good 4 months before I could lower my foot for any amount of time gradually getting longer. Nothing really helped me except for alternating narcotic pain relievers with advil every 2 hours.
I do have severe nerve damage from my injury that causes severe pain and limited mobility to this day 2+ years later. Good luck to you and your husband, and if there are any questions that I can answer I will.
my brother was in a car accident in june, one of his injuries is a crushed foot. It is now six months later and his foot is still not better. He has had about 7 surgeries since june. my concern is that he has a severe wound that will not heal. They doctors tried the wound vac but they took it off today becuase it was causing the wound to get worse..... ugh.... i am at a loss for my brother and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi. My foot got pulverized and then crushed over 16 years ago, and I have a blog and you might find some interesting info there. my blog is at:
I wrote some stuff about crushed foot injuries, but also about 'loosenings injuries', of crushed foot injuries.
I believe that all crushed foot injuries are severe, because of the fact that the softer-fleshes get pushed/crushed away from the crushing objects at time of impact and entrapment; and I believe that there are nerves in these crushed fleshes, and in fact, according to my experiences, I had major nervous system injuries from the crushed foot, or I also call this the 'zone of crush'. The soft fleshes include veins/arteries, and nerves, but also there is what 'they' call a 'nerve root' in the soul of the foot(it is in the arch), and it is the same as the nerve roots that exit from the spinal cord and wrap around the ribs on the back, so there likely is nerve injuries, and likely is nervous system injuries with crushed foot injuries.
I also want to share with everybody, that I had crushed/impinged soft-fleshes in between the bones, and crushed into the crevices of the bones; and on my blog I write about how these soft fleshes need to be pried apart, or loosened(but there are lots of loosenings injuries with with these crushed foot injuries); a simple way of regarding this is:
THE ZONE OF CRUSH IS TIGHTLY BOUND UP, AND NEEDS TO BE LOOSENED.
I discovered that the most efficient tool, to use, to try and pry apart the crushed/impinged soft-fleshes crushed in between the bones, is the small trampoline. I give a brief explanation of various possible techniques of interacting a crushed foot with a small trampoline, on my blog. This is highly dangerous, precarious and injurious; but i will tell you, that I had to loosen this FLESHES PRESS, because it was wrecking my life, big time. There was nervous system fleshes crushed/impinged in between the bones, and my nervous system was blocked.
But, I also mention, that people ought to turn to God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit; and ask for help and/or healing; because a miracle would be far superior, to these treatments, and I consider the treatments to be performing indignities to injured persons. Turn to Jesus, first, and maybe a miracle might happen, or perhaps jesus might be graceful and help along the way. It ought to help to have god on your side.
Nonetheless, I believe that the info I provide, might provide some hope, or feint-hope, to otherwise hopeless situations. I also believe that the info I provide at my blog, is one of the most imporant matters in regards to crushed foot injuries, and likely is also of alot of importance in regards to crushed hand injuries, as well.
I give a description of soft-fleshes, and hard-fleshes, and the dynamics of crush injuries, on my blog.
oh, and you can email me if you like at ***@****
and I will also try to provide much more detailed info the trampoline techniques in the near future, God-willing.
My husband is self employed and dropped a 500 pound bucket on his foot 2 weeks ago. I can't work as I have major knee problems.
He is 62 I am 58. He has been in a lot of pain and misery I been waiting on him the best I can. They could not cast it as it just busted open in places major bleeding, did I mention he is a diabetic we need info on healing and we have NO insurance due to our wonderful medical system that hate white Americans. I just don't know how to help him, he got this boot thing but want wear it keeps saying he is going to go back to work HE can't being a welder..can't get his pants on or boot....so hard for us. Any info greatly appreciated.
He had surgery on it the night of the accident the doctor said it was so bad they did not think they could save it at first. So we fight on.
Wy hesrt goes out to all i also crushed syndrome on rigut 18 months ago i can relatr to the pain ,it started at 10 and on good days its a 8 ,so pray hang tough and keep going to dr. god bless yall your preachind to the chior :) good luck.
hi im garry from uk ,I crushed my foot in accident at work ,over a tonne of steel crushed my foot. I broken 2ndmetatarsal,six months later still of work,swelling foot, goes blue when cold ,only looks good when foot is elevated, docs think I have rsd ?any tips
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