Getting Back Behind the Wheel after a Foot Injury

Recently I was at the doctors office when a patient was arguing with the doctor about not being able to drive her car because she had to wear a foot brace.  The doctor Dr. Praveen Vohra gently reminded the patient that he could not recommend that she drive with the foot immobilizer on.  I think he is a great doctor.  If you are in need a foot doctor see him at   This experience lead me to blog this post.

Driving A Car With a Foot Injury

Driving has in recent days become a necessity for most people. Without the ability to drive, one cannot get to work, attend therapy at the podiatrists’ office, or make an appointment with the physician. It is, therefore, important to learn when one should start driving again, after sustaining an injury, and undergoing surgery to correct it.

Determining when you should return to the wheel should always depend on the following factors;

Consider the Risks You Are Taking

Driving requires you to make precise movements that must get accomplished with a lot of ease. If you cannot bend your joint or risk injury to a particular part of your foot by being behind the wheel, then you should probably not consider it. Your podiatrist can advise you on when to get back behind the wheel, after observing your progress.

Look At Your Mobility Status

You must ensure that you are in a position to operate the vehicle safely. For this, you need to be in a position to respond to all situations, especially situations that are unpredictable in nature. Studies by podiatrists indicate that a person wearing even a simple splint becomes significantly impaired.

His or her ability to control the moving vehicle and react to arising situations becomes reduced. Therefore, any person wearing a brace or one that has recently undergone foot surgery should make sure that he or she finds a driver.

Technically, your physician and podiatrist cannot make any determination on the safe operation of any machinery. However, the podiatrist is in a position to make recommendations if he or she feels that it will be unsafe for you to drive the vehicle.

As such, a podiatrist will usually recommend that one does not drive;

  • If you are wearing a medical device
    Foot imobolizer

    such as a brace cast or a splint. If wearing anything that limits your mobility, then it is more than likely that this recommendation will get made.

  • If you are taking any narcotic pain medication for the foot pain. Many foot injuries tend to be very painful, which is why the podiatrists prescribe painkillers. Most of these painkillers can cause drowsiness which is why you should not drive while you on them.

Once the doctor has seen an improvement in your mobility, he or she can recommend that you retest your driving abilities. Often, this will require you to visit the department of motor vehicles so as to get a specialized test that helps determine whether you can operate a vehicle safely.