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Types of Metatarsal Fractures

Of the 26 bones in the foot, the five long bones that connect the heel to the toes are the most frequently broken. These long bones, called metatarsals, can be injured in two ways: acute fractures and stress fractures.  Acute metatarsal fractures can be caused by direct trauma to the foot, such as dropping something heavy on it or kicking a heavy object. Acute fractures are breaks in the bone. Stress fractures, on the other hand, are hairline cracks in the metatarsal, usually caused by repetitive use or overuse. They are common among runners, basketball players, dancers, and people who carry heavy packs while walking long distances. People with osteoporosis are also at risk for developing stress fractures. Symptoms felt with an acute metatarsal fracture are typically more severe than those from stress fractures. You may actually hear the crack as the bone breaks, and pain is immediate and specific. Movement of the foot will be difficult at best. With stress fractures, the symptoms develop gradually, starting out with general pain over a widespread area, which then becomes more and more noticeable. With either an acute metatarsal fracture or a stress fracture, it is imperative to see a podiatrist as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.  

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:

  • 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 our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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