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Types of Foot Fractures

Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Foot fractures, which can affect individuals from diverse walks of life, come in various forms, each presenting its unique set of challenges and symptoms. Stress fractures, microscopic cracks resulting from repetitive stress on bones, often arise in athletes engaged in high-impact activities. Avulsion fractures occur when a small piece of bone is pulled away by a ligament or tendon, typically following a sudden forceful movement. Compression fractures involve the collapse of bone tissue due to excessive pressure, often seen in the metatarsal bones. Displaced fractures entail a misalignment of bone ends, necessitating careful realignment for proper healing. Non-displaced fractures, while maintaining alignment, still cause pain and may require immobilization. Understanding the various types of foot fractures aids in prompt recognition and targeted treatment. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can perform an accurate diagnosis and offer the treatment method that is right for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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