Another edition of “Stupid Things People Do to Hurt Themselves”: Lawn Mower Foot Injuries
Your lawn could easily become a “toe-away” zone if you’re not careful when operating your lawn mowers. Just this weekend, while I was on call for FAANT, an unfortunate gentleman decided to mow his lawn in sandals, and ended up amputating the ends of his great and second toes after the blade got stuck on high wet grass. Nasty injury and very preventable!
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates more than 37,000 Americans suffer a power mower-related injury each year. Other groups cite up to 70,000 injuries! That’s way too many injured piggies!
Foot injuries from lawn mowers can range from dirty, infection-prone lacerations to severed tendons to amputated toes. If you or your loved one gets in a tussle with your lawn mower, even just a minor injury, immediate treatment is necessary to clean and flush the wound thoroughly and apply antibiotics to prevent infection. Superficial wounds can be treated on an outpatient basis, but more serious injuries usually require some kind of surgical intervention to repair tendon damage, deep clean the wound and suture it. Tendons severed in lawnmower accidents generally can be re-attached surgically unless toes have been amputated.
What can you do to avoid your lawn being a toe-away zone?
If you do sustain a lawn mower injury, seek immediate attention of your local foot and ankle surgeon!