Work Injuries Specialist

FamilyMed Centers

Medical Center & Medical Spa located in Cicero, IL

Getting hurt work affects not only your ability to do your job but also your ability to fully enjoy life outside of the workplace. At FamilyMed Centers in Cicero, Illinois, podiatric medicine specialist Vittorio Caterino, DPM, offers diagnostics and treatment for workplace injuries including sprains, strains, and fractures. If you’re ready to get back to work and full mobility, call or schedule your appointment online at FamilyMed Centers today.

Work Injuries Q & A

What are workplace injuries?

As you might think, a workplace injury is any injury that you get while on the job, but those injuries vary widely. Different occupations present different hazards, so your risk for certain injuries depends on your line of work.

If you’re injured in your workplace, your employer typically pays for your medical care and the time off work with a government-sponsored insurance program called workers’ compensation.

What are some common workplace injuries?

Workplace injuries are especially common in jobs that require a lot of movement, heavy lifting, and dangerous positions like being up on scaffolding, but repetitive injuries from office work are also prevalent. Common workplace injuries include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Cuts and bruising

Many of these types of injuries may affect the feet, so a podiatric specialist like Dr. Caterino can examine and treat such issues.

What are my treatment options?

At FamilyMed Centers, Dr. Caterino assesses your workplace injury to develop a treatment and recovery plan. Treatments include:

  • PRP injections
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corrective surgeries

Once your injury is treated and on its way to full health, Dr. Caterino approves you to return to work when he feels that it is safe for you.

How can I prevent future workplace injuries?

There are many steps that you can take to prevent workplace injuries. Your employer likely has regulations and guidebooks specifically designed to help you be productive while staying safe on the job and perform required movements properly. Some tips that you should keep in mind include:

  • Be fully aware of your surroundings while working
  • Don’t take shortcuts
  • Keep the area clean
  • Use safety signs (e.g. “wet floor”)

Your employer may provide safety training regularly to reduce accidents. Pay attention when safety is a topic on the job and wear any required safety gear for your position.

Being injured at work is stressful for everyone involved, especially you. If you’re careful but still get injured at work, seek immediate diagnosis and prompt treatment. For timely and effective treatment for your workplace foot injury, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Caterino at FamilyMed Centers today.