Workers’ Compensation Specialist

Richmond Orthopedic Institute

Surgeons located in Richmond, VA

Nearly 100,000 foot and ankle injuries occur in the workplace every year. Workers’ compensation injuries require a dedicated foot and ankle specialist like Anson Chu, DPM, at Richmond Orthopedic Institute in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Chu can diagnose your injury and design a recovery regimen that helps you return to work feeling strong and healthy. Book your appointment online or call the office for help today.

Workers’ Compensation Q&A

What is workers’ compensation? 

Workers’ compensation is insurance that gives you medical care and financial compensation for injuries that occur while on the job or in the course of duties related to your job.  

Most employers in the state of Virginia are required to maintain workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. 

What types of injuries does workers’ compensation cover? 

Workers’ compensation insurance covers a broad range of injuries. At Richmond Orthopedic Institute, Dr. Chu treats workers’ compensation foot and ankle injuries. These injuries can occur in many different ways, including: 

  • Trips and falls
  • Machinery accidents
  • Heavy objects dropping on your foot or ankle
  • Falling from a ladder, crane, or other equipment 

The specific injuries incurred in workers’ compensation cases can include bruises, sprains, strains, fractures, or any other damage that affects foot or ankle health and function. 

How does a workers’ compensation evaluation work? 

A workers’ compensation evaluation starts with a complete health history and a review of what happened when you experienced the injury. Dr. Chu performs a comprehensive foot and ankle exam and typically runs diagnostic tests such as X-rays or diagnostic ultrasounds. These imaging tests help him confirm your injury’s extent and location. 

You may need more advanced imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or Computed Tomography (CT) scan if you have a more complicated foot or ankle injury. Dr. Chu combines the information from his exam and imaging tests to determine your diagnosis.

How does treatment of workers’ compensation injuries work? 

Treatment of workers’ compensation injuries varies with the specific injury and how it affects your day-to-day activities. Some of the different approaches that Dr. Chu may utilize include:

  • Activity modification, which may involve missing work or reducing work hours
  • Immobilization (splint, brace, or cast)
  • Physical therapy
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medication
  • Anesthetic and corticosteroid injections
  • Alternative therapies    

People may improve with conservative foot and ankle treatments following a workers’ compensation injury. However, if you experience a severe foot or ankle injury that doesn’t heal properly, Dr. Chu can provide surgical options to restore you to the fullest function possible.  

When injured at work, you need an understanding provider to help you through the workers’ compensation process. Richmond Orthopedic Institute is here to help, so reach out by phone or click the online booking tool today.