The bones in the foot tend to get broken more frequently than other bones, with some estimates indicating that more than 15% of all broken bones occur in the foot or ankle. In many foot injuries, there is usually a relationship between the location of a fracture or break and how the injury occurred. Some examples include a broken heel that is often the result of landing badly after a jump, and toes that fracture after kicking something hard.
A fracture in the foot or ankle often happens without warning, and when you are not expecting it to happen. Stress fractures, on the other hand, can take time to develop, and frequently occur in athletes, gymnasts, and dancers due to all the repeated stress that their bodies endure.
The symptoms of a broken foot will usually include the following:
- Intense pain—The onset of immediate, severe pain and a sudden inability to put weight on your foot
- Swelling and bruising—Blueness, numbness, tenderness, and severe swelling may be evident.
- Deformities—A protruding bone, with cuts and bleeding
- Shoe removal problems—Can’t get your shoe on or off easily due to pain and swelling
While the symptoms of something small like a broken toe may not be extremely painful, a broken heel bone can be very painful and put you on the sidelines immediately. If you are experiencing severe pain that makes it difficult or impossible to walk, you should see a foot care professional immediately and have the injury evaluated with an x-ray or other diagnostic scans to determine the extent of the damage.
Before making an appointment with your foot doctor, you should do everything possible to decrease pain and swelling and also to immobilize the foot with a splint if necessary. Keep the foot elevated and stabilized, and apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Ibuprofen or other over the counter pain reliever can be taken to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
If you are concerned about a possible broken bone, or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!