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The Different Types of Foot Fractures

Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

A foot fracture refers to a foot that has been broken. There are several different types of foot fractures. A stress fracture is when a bone in the foot is placed under repetitive excess pressure, causing a crack to form in the bone. Without treatment, the crack will get bigger over time. A full foot fracture is when a bone in the foot breaks completely. This type of break is usually due to a one-time injury, such as the impact from dropping something heavy on the foot. There are two subtypes of full foot fractures. A closed or simple fracture occurs when only the bone is damaged. An open or compound fracture occurs when the skin and tissue surrounding the broken bone are damaged as well. All of the various types of foot fractures can cause pain, swelling, tenderness, and bruising of the affected foot. If you believe you may have broken your foot, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist as soon as possible.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. 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 Baytown, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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