Man said overfilled Walmart shopping bag led to wife’s death due to TOE INJURY

Man said overfilled Walmart shopping bag led to wife’s death: A truly sad story out of Nebraska, showing just how important it is to take precautions with your feet- a man is suing Walmart after his wife DIED from a cut and fracture on her foot.

http://www.kctv5.com/story/23280030/man-said-overfilled-walmart-shopping-bag-led-to-wifes-death

As written by Chris Oberholtz:
An eastern Nebraska man has sued Walmart, saying the failure of an overfilled plastic shopping bag led to the death of his wife.

The lawsuit was first filed in February by William Freis, of Plattsmouth, in Sarpy County but has since been moved to U.S. District Court in Omaha, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

The lawsuit says the bag failed on April 16, 2010, outside a Walmart store in the Omaha suburb of Bellevue. The lawsuit says a cashier placed two 42-ounce cans of a La Choy product and a 2-pound bag of rice in a single bag and handed it to Lynette Freis.

The bag broke as she carried it to her car, the lawsuit says, and one of the cans fell on her right big toe, cutting and fracturing it. The injuries led to an infection that spread through her body and, despite antibiotics, hospitalizations and two surgical procedures, “ultimately resulted in her death on March 12, 2011.”

How exactly can this happen?  Many people are saying it seems far-fetched or impossible, but your favorite Michigan podiatrist knows better:  it can EASILY happen, particularly if you’re diabetic!

Diabetic individuals are constantly told that they need to take precautions with their feet.  In particular, they’re often advised to wear shoes with a wide, high toe box (high and wide space in the toe area), so as to prevent pinching or injury in the toes.  This also serves a dual purpose:  if something DROPS on your toes, they’re at least slightly protected.  Nobody says you need to wear steel toed boots or anything, but you need to be cognizant of the danger associated with injury to your feet.

Injuries to the foot are especially dangerous for diabetic patients.   High blood sugars over the long-term may affect your blood vessels and nerves. Especially susceptible are the nerves and blood vessels in your legs and feet. Neuropathy & vascular disease go hand in hand with diabetic feet, and both contribute to turning a slight trauma into a much more serious injury.  If you’re experiencing diabetic neuropathy, you may not notice an injury due to desensitization, which in turn means that infection can spread unnoticed.  Vascular disease reduces your ability to fight infection, particularly in your feet and legs, and thus a rapidly spreading infection can gain ground even further.  If not caught in time, what started as a small injury can turn into a life threatening condition fast.

Key points to remember:

•Inspect your feet daily. If you have poor eyesight, have someone else inspect them. If you are having difficulties examining your feet, place a mirror on the floor and hold your foot over the mirror. Look for corns, calluses, pressure areas, cracks or blisters. Check between toes for athlete’s foot. If you find a problem, seek medical advice. Do not self-treat.

•Feel inside your shoes before putting them on. You are looking for objects, wrinkled linings or insoles that can cause irritation.

•Do not walk barefoot; wear slippers if you have to get up at night.

•Trim nails carefully after softening them by washing. Use an emery board to file them. Have your nails trimmed by a podiatrist if you have neuropathy.

•Apply a good quality, alcohol-free lotion to feet after washing and patting dry. Do not apply lotion between the toes.

•Do not self-treat corns or calluses. These conditions should be treated by a podiatrist.

•Check your socks and stockings for signs of wear.

•Keep your shoes in good repair. Badly worn heels can alter your gait and cause abnormal pressure.

•Choose a well-fitting, sensible shoe. High heels cause abnormal pressure on the ball of the foot, and open-toed shoes offer no protection against accidental bumps. Limit the use of such shoes to special occasions; if you have neuropathy or vascular disease, avoid such shoes altogether.

•Always schedule an appointment with your podiatrist after an injury to help determine the severity.