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The Definition of a Foot Fracture

A foot fracture, also known as a broken foot, can vary in severity, from small hairline cracks to complete bone breaks. The human foot is a complex structure comprising 26 bones, making it susceptible to a variety of fracture types. Foot fractures often result from traumatic incidents, such as falls, sports injuries, or accidents. They can also occur due to repetitive stress on the foot over time, especially in athletes or individuals engaged in high-impact activities. Common symptoms of a foot fracture include pain, swelling, and bruising, and it can also be difficult to walk. A diagnosis typically involves physical examination, X-rays, or other imaging tests to determine the type and extent of the fracture. Treatment options can vary depending on the fracture's severity and location. Mild fractures may heal with rest, immobilization, and pain management. Conversely,  more severe cases may require casting, surgery, or other interventions to ensure proper healing that can restore normal foot function. In conclusion, a foot fracture is a break in one or more of the foot's many bones, often resulting from trauma or repetitive stress. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and offer the treatment plan that is right for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Mark Majeski, DPM from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner 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 Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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