The long bones in the foot that connect to the toes are known as the metatarsals. They are common bones to fracture, and this may happen from participating in sporting activities or from dropping a heavy object on the foot. Osteoporosis is a medical condition that can cause the bones to become fragile, which may lead to incurring a broken foot. Common symptoms that can accompany this condition can consist of immediate pain, swelling, and bruising. It is often difficult, if not impossible, to walk on it, and crutches may have to be used that can provide mobility. A broken foot is generally diagnosed by having an X-ray taken, and it is followed by wearing a boot or cast, which can provide stability as the healing process occurs. The recovery period is approximately eight weeks before the patient can wear a normal shoe and bear the weight of the body. A full recovery may take longer if the patient is interested in pursuing high impact activities. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat a broken foot.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore 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:
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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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