There are 26 bones in each foot, and they all uniquely work together to walk, run, and maintain balance. A broken foot can happen from falling, incurring a foot injury, or from dropping a heavy object on it. The recovery time can be lengthy, and in most cases, weight needs to be kept off the foot. Many people choose to run and walk through the pain, and this may cause a delayed recovery. There are two types of foot fractures that can occur, a stress or full foot fracture. The former is considered to be a hairline fracture and happens when the foot gradually endures repeated stress from frequently running or jumping. The latter type of fracture often needs immediate medical attention and can fall into two categories. The surrounding skin is not damaged when a simple fracture occurs, and the opposite is true when a compound fracture happens, resulting in damaged skin or tissues. Common symptoms of a broken foot include severe pain, swelling, and the inability to walk on the affected foot. If you have endured a broken foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose a fractured foot and offer the best treatment for you.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from New York. 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 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:
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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.
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