What are Fractures in Your Foot and How to Treat Them?
Foot fractures occur quite frequently. We have 26 tiny bones that we use to help us walk, run, and help us play different sports, and work. A fracture can be as tiny as a stress fracture, or can be as serious as a compound fracture.
All foot fractures should be evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist at InMotion Foot and Ankle. They will X-ray your foot to see if there are any fractures in your foot.
Depending on the location of the foot and type of fracture, it can either be debilitating or very painful. Fractures in the foot can take many weeks to heal.
Symptoms of a Foot Fracture
- Pain - When you have fractures in your foot, the most noticeable symptom is pain. Bearing any weight on your foot will usually cause varying degrees of pain depending on the type of break.
- Swelling - You will probably also experience immediate swelling in the affected area of the foot. Since swelling also occurs in sprains and strains, you won't know for sure unless you get it examined.
- Bruising - In some instances, bruising can also occur from a foot fracture.
Treatment of a Foot Fracture
Any type of foot fracture will need medical attention, and your podiatrist will decide what the best treatment is for you. These include:
- Pain Relief - Your doctor will prescribe some medication for the pain, depending on the severity.
- Immobilization - Your foot might be placed in a cast to help with mending. If a toe is broken, you are usually fitted with a special supportive shoe that doesn't allow your toe to move. This might also involve taping your toe to another.
- Reduction - The doctor might need to help move the bone back into place.
- Surgery - In more severe cases, you might require surgery. You might need pins, screws, or other objects inserted to help the foot fracture.