A broken foot is one of the most common injuries seen in emergency rooms. Broken bones in the foot are usually caused by some type of trauma. Car accidents, dropping something heavy on the foot, and tripping over something are a few causes of fractures in the foot. Runners often experience stress fractures, which are tiny cracks in the bones and are caused by repetitive force. A fall also may cause a broken bone in the foot. Extreme pain and swelling are probably the most common symptoms of a broken foot, in addition to bruising and tenderness when touched. With more severe fractures, a bone may be jutting out of the skin, and immediate medical intervention is imperative. If you feel you may have broken a bone in your foot, it is wise to avoid further damage by keeping the foot immobilized, and avoiding standing or walking on it. An X-ray may be required to determine the location and severity of the broken bone, or bones, depending on the cause. Because the symptoms of a broken or fractured foot bone are similar to sprains, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and appropriate treatment.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M from Florida. Dr. Klein 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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