Skechers Shape-ups Broken Ankle Injury Attorneys
A number of consumers have reported ankle fractures while walking or running in Skechers Shape-ups toning shoes. To tone muscles, Skechers Shape-ups and other similar toning shoes, boots, and sandals purportedly create instability similar to walking on sand or an uneven surface. The sole of the shoe is rounded and elevated, drastically changing the way a person walks. A simple walk down the street or up a flight of stairs can cause a broken ankle, ruptured tendon, and other serious injuries. An ankle fracture can disrupt your life and cause you to be unable to walk for weeks or months. Additionally you may require physical therapy and suffer arthritis and ankle pain even once your injury heals.
Types of Ankle Fractures
An ankle fracture may be a break in one, two, or three bones. The ankle joint joins the two bones of the lower leg, the tibia and the fibular, with the foot. A broken ankle can be a break in the medial malleolus (the end of the tibia), the lateral malleolus (the end of the fibula), and the distal posterior aspect of the tibia. A trimalleolar fracture (sometimes called a Cotton fracture) involves a fracture of all three bones, and requires surgery. A bimalleolar fracture (sometimes called a Pott’s fracture) is a fracture of the lateral malleolus and the medial malleolus. Bimalleolar fractures are less serious and less likely to result in arthritis than trimalleolar fractures.
Symptoms of Ankle Fractures
Common symptoms of a fractured ankle include pain to the touch, swelling, bruising, inability to bear weight or walk, and deformity around the ankle. Symptoms of a broken ankle are often similar to symptoms of a tendon injury or severe sprain. Ankle sprains often involve “reactionary pain” to pressure, but pain will subside when pressure is removed. On the other hand, “constant pain” is a likely indicator of a broken bone in the foot or ankle. If you think you have suffered a broken ankle or are suffering from severe pain in your ankle, see a doctor right away.
Broken Ankle Treatment and Recovery
Treatment of a broken ankle will vary depending on the severity of an injury. Initially, the injury should be elevated and ice should be applied to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Your doctor or a treating physician at a trauma center will likely take an X-ray to determine the pattern of the fracture and condition of the bones. Depending on the X-ray, you may need surgery to align the bones, or a splint or cast. Recovery from a broken ankle can take several weeks to many months, depending on the type of fracture, the patient’s overall health prior to the injury, and other factors. In elderly adults, a broken ankle can result in permanent disability.
Skechers Shape-ups Toning Shoe Ankle Injuries – Know Your Rights
If you have suffered a broken ankle while wearing Skechers Shape-ups, consult a dangerous product lawyer at Estey Bomberger to discuss your legal rights today. You may be entitled to recover damages from the manufacturer of the toning shoe for medical expenses, including surgeries, physical therapy, prescription medications and doctor visits, as well as lost earnings, pain and suffering and other damages related to your broken ankle. Call our Skechers Shape-ups injury attorneys today or fill out of case review request form and one of our lawyers will contact you to schedule a consultation.