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Causes of a Broken Foot

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

A sudden accident or fall may cause the foot to fracture. This is also known as a broken foot, and often requires immediate medical attention. Common symptoms many people can experience with this condition include bruising, swelling, and it is often difficult, if not impossible, to walk. If the fracture is severe, a bone may protrude from the skin, and surgery may be necessary to replace and realign the affected bone. A diagnosis is often performed that can determine the severity of the break, and this is done by having an X-ray taken. The correct treatment can consist of wearing a boot that allows mobility, and frequently elevating the affected leg as often as possible. The average recovery time for a broken foot is approximately eight weeks, and normal activities can gradually resume once the healing process is completed. If you have broken your foot, and continue to have pain and swelling, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. 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 Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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