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Causes and Symptoms of a Broken Foot

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

The bones in the foot are small and may be easier to break than other bones in the body. There are 26 bones in each foot that can become fractured from falling, participating in sporting events, or from enduring a foot injury. An open fracture is noticeable when the bone protrudes through the skin, and it often requires prompt medical attention. Symptoms can include immediate bruising, swelling, and it is often difficult, if not impossible, to walk. It is necessary to keep weight off of the affected foot, and many patients can accomplish this by using crutches. Once a proper diagnosis has been performed, treatment can begin. This consists of having an X-ray taken, which is successful in determining the severity of the fracture, followed by wearing a protective boot or cast. It is beneficial to elevate the affected foot as often as possible, which may help to reduce the swelling. Recovery typically takes approximately six to eight weeks, and foot strengthening exercises may be performed at that time. If you have broken your foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with correct treatment options.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Robert Binder from Robert P. Binder, DPM. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Reseda, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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