Research has shown that the foot consists of 26 bones. The differences between a break and a sprain can be determined by taking an x-ray. If you have endured a fall resulting in severe pain in your foot, one of the bones in your foot may have been fractured — this is often referred to as a broken foot. General symptoms of a sprain and a fracture typically include swelling and pain, so it’s important to be able to differentiate between the two. This can be accomplished by comparing both feet and looking for breaks in the skin, which may result from a broken bone. Additional indications of a broken foot may be a feeling of dizziness, extreme discomfort, and pain while attempting to walk, or feeling a bone in the foot snap as the injury occurs. Temporary relief can be found in resting the foot by limiting attempts to walk, in addition to elevating the leg as soon as possible. A proper diagnosis will typically consist of performing an X-ray, which can determine the severity of the fracture. Please consult with a podiatrist for proper treatment options, which may include a walking boot or cast.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. Our doctors 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 bent, 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 Include:
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Those who suspect they have a broken foot should seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity of their condition.
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.
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