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Posts for tag: Crush Injuries

It’s one thing to have your foot run over by a car. It’s another thing when the person riding in the car is Oprah Winfrey. On October 27, 2014 Lori Bender had the opportunity to meet Oprah--but probably not under the circumstances she had hoped for. Bender was on her way into the same restaurant Oprah was leaving and on her way in she somehow managed to find her foot (more specifically, her toe) under the tire of Oprah’s SUV. Oprah was very concerned and got out of the SUV to check and see if she was alright. Bender was fine and did not suffer any injuries although she said if the vehicle would have went any further it would’ve crushed her ankle.

 Crush injuries of the foot and ankle are something your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ are highly trained to manage and treat. Although this mechanism of injury is more rare, it is still treated the same. The more common crush injury is the person who drops a heavy object on their foot. These types of injuries can be very detrimental to the patient as it can cause tingling and numbing of the foot, disruption of the blood supply to a bone causing it to die, infection if something penetrates the skin, and compartment syndrome which is increased pressure and edema in specific regions of your foot and leg. If you have sustained one of these injuries it is extremely important that you get medical help as soon as possible because the quicker a crush injury is cared for the better the results and quality of life later on down the road.

 Lori Bender was fortunate that she did not suffer any injuries and that only her toe was involved. Likewise, she also got to meet one of the most powerful women in the world today! Now, I’m not a proponent of people running around trying to get their foot run over to meet celebrities, but this story is intriguing in that that’s how Mrs. Bender was able to meet the one-and-only, Oprah Winfrey.

 By Varun Gujral