Hello, I recently had a crash. You can read a few details about it here:
I've always been pretty diligent about wearing protective gear....
Jackets designed specifically to protect a biker (I have a few different types, from vented leather to summer mesh w/armor)
Gloves, summer and winter, simple soft leather to MC specific
Ear plugs (I know, it's not the same thing, but I'm 55 and I can still hear 16K)
Long pants, usually a few layers, like jeans and a loose running-suit type pant over.
Boots, engineer style. Listed on one MC apparel website as "THUG type"
But it's the pants and the boots I want to address here. My last crash really banged me up bad. But if I had been wearing a protective mesh summer riding pant and real sport rider boots designed with foot, ankle and calf protection in mind, I would have most likely avoided some pretty nasty injuries.
My left hip was SO black and blue, man, you can't even stand it. But it was a typical trauma, a contusion, and it healed up without issue. My left lower leg, however, is a different story. The stupid engineer boot style which I've been wearing "forever" have a split leather upper, and there are buckles right on the outside of the split. So if you go down hard enough in that type of boot, the buckle will get driven into your leg.
I had what first presented as a very minor abrasion on the outside of my left calf, when I got home from the crash. Not even bleeding really, just like a bad scrape. I scrubbed it with some alcohol/water mix and called it a day. But there was also a very pronounced lump. Not like a normal swelling. I imagine the bike slammed down hard and drove the road and my engineer boot buckle hard into my leg. There was gravel in the calf when I cleaned it. it was a severe trauma to my leg.
Eventually the pain from blood NOT being able to circulate down and back in my left leg drove me to visit the ER, maybe 5 days after the crash. I feared compartment syndrome, or deep vein thrombosis. DVT's worst complication is pulmonary embolism, which can kill you. Fast. I don't go to doctors very much. I have faith my body will heal with the right nutrition. But I have a daughter. The thought of me passing away in an easy chair w/my leg up, from a PE, because I was too stubborn or lazy to go to the ER... it didn't seem a fair legacy.
I was cleared of DVT via an ultrasound, and of fracture via x-ray. I was sent home with a Rx for antibiotics, and a diagnosis of cellulitis. I did not take the antibiotics (Keflex) because there was no reason to assume I had an infection. The hospital did not go over my discharge papers and never told me they suspected cellulitis. (But my 14 yr old daughter DID. So I researched it and thought later, when it became worse, Hmmm, she may be right.)
It got much worse. And as it got worse the swelling progressed faster and faster. On a Mon morning 7:30am appt with my reg Dr., about a week and a 1/2 after my first ER visit, she advised me "go back to the ER NOW. That's a bad infection." They lanced and excised it, blah blah blah. Gross. IV antibiotics, DEEP hole in my leg, packed, needing daily dressings... Ahhhh GROSS!!!!!! They cultured it and later called me and told me it was MRSA. They said don't bother taking the Keflex, it won't do anything, take only the Bactrim. So was I right in not taking the Keflex initially?
So enough medical. My point? If I had been wearing real sportbike racing boots, with protection designed for feet and legs, and MC-specific pants designed likewise, I would have limped away from my high-side with minor bruisin and been FINE. I've always purchased specialty jackets and gloves, but I've been lax about pants and boots.
I ain't gonna do it no more. I'm done with "half the gear I need". I'll find room in my backpack to stuff regular shoes for regular walking when I dismount. From now on, when I go on a real MC ride, like miles and miles away where I know I will encounter some really nice roads, I will be wearing whatever gear affords me the BEST advantage to NOT have to go to the ER if I (or some other motorist) makes another STUPID mistake.
I'm currently looking at SEDICI or Aplinestars boots in the $180-200 range. The pants, I may already have, a modular protective rain pant with zip-out lining. I loaned it to a friend long ago. I'm waiting to hear back from him...
I hope I spare someone this kind of nonsense by recommending protective pants and real racing boots. I'm kinda poor right now, so I've been on Medicaid since the summer of 2017. I haven't used it until now, but it's unbelievably excellent. I've had 2 visits to the ER, and been to a wound healing center about 3 times. With their advice, plus my nutrition regimen and applications of Manuka honey, my leg is now 90% healed.
Funny, a few years ago I was making about $75/k year, but if I'd had that accident while working for that multi-billion company, I would have had to pay for everything out of pocket until my $1,250 deductible was met.
It shouldn't PAY to be poor.