As most American’s do in November, Casey Collins was getting ready for the holiday season. She was wrapping presents, playing Christmas music and hanging holiday decorations throughout her home. While she was standing on a ladder hanging the decorations Casey found herself in trouble.
The ladder tipped over and Casey’s leg got caught in the steps of the ladder, dragging her body down with it. The ladder fell on her foot and her body fell on top of the ladder. Ultimately, Casey ended up breaking her entire foot and injuring her soft tissues.
“I went to the local hospital emergency room in excruciating pain by ambulance and got X-rays and was told my toe was broken,” said Casey. “I knew better because I couldn’t move anything below the ankle; but they told me to get dressed and go home. Then when I went to leave they said they should probably take another look with an MRI.”
That’s when Casey was informed her foot was broken. She was sent home and was told to call a specialist in the morning. However, after her husband called the specialist he was informed that after reviewing her X-ray and MRI the physician was not comfortable treating her and recommended she seek the help of a foot surgeon.
“That’s when I was referred to the best place in the world, OrthoIndy,” said Casey. “I went to see Dr. Shea. He X-rayed both feet to see the extent of my injuries, comparing the non-broken foot to the broken foot. That’s when he determined I needed surgery the next day.”
“Casey dislocated and sustained fractures of the lisfranc joints, which are the apex of the arch of the foot,” said Dr. Michael Shea, orthopaedic surgeon at OrthoIndy.
During surgery Casey had eight screws and two pins put in her foot to help her on the road to recovery. For a while she was in a full cast but eventually the pins were removed and she was able to use a walking cast.
“The walking cast was great because my 11 month old son learned to walk while I was on crutches,” said Casey. “That made it hard to chase him while his dad was at work. Eventually after a few months I was in a normal shoe and was feeling great again.”
Ten months after her original surgery she had another surgery to remove the screws.
“Other than a little swelling and soreness off and on, thanks to Dr. Shea, I am as good as new! I can’t thank him enough for helping me and fixing my foot.”
If you are in need of emergent medical attention the OrthoIndy Trauma Team is located at St.Vincent Indianapolis. For foot injuries or conditions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shea at (317)802-2821 or request an appointment online at OrthoIndy.com/request.