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By Foot First Podiatry Center
January 15, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: broken bone   Sprain   Fractured Foot  
Did I Break My FootWhether you took a bad tumble or your child had a rough collision while playing sports, it’s important that you do not just recognize the signs of a broken foot but that you also seek immediate medical attention. Of course, we know that it isn’t always easy to differentiate a break from a sprain. Here are some signs that your foot is broken and need to be seen by a qualified podiatrist,
  • Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
  • Pain that is directly above a bone
  • Pain that is worse with movement
  • Bruising and severe swelling
  • A cracking sound at the moment of injury
  • A visible deformity or bump
  • Can’t put weight on the injured foot
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms of a fractured foot or ankle they must turn to a podiatrist for care. We can diagnose, set, and treat all types of fractures; however, if the bone is dislocated or looks severely broken (a visible bump or deformity appears on the foot) it’s a good idea to head to your local ER.
 
How can I tell the difference between a break and a sprain?

The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
 
How is a broken bone in the foot treated?

Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
 
If you are on the fence about whether or not to see a podiatrist about your injury, why not simply give us a call? We can discuss your symptoms on the phone to determine whether we can take a wait-and-see approach or whether you need to come in right away for care.
By Foot First Podiatry Center
December 12, 2018
Category: fractures

Experiencing a broken bone in your foot or ankle is a very common experience. For example, coming down hard on your heel after a high jump playing basketball can result in a heel fracture.

Acute breaks often occur without warning, while stress fractures happen gradually over time from the repeated pressure of exercise, sporting activities, and work.

Some of the more obvious symptoms of a broken foot include the following:

●      Intense throbbing pain, swelling, and bruising

●      Cuts, bleeding, and possible protruding bones

●      Putting weight on your foot causes extreme pain

●      You may have difficulty removing your shoe due to the discomfort

Depending on what is broken and how bad the injury is, the symptoms of a fracture may not be extremely painful. For example, a broken toe may only exhibit minor pain while a broken heel bone can be excruciating.

If your pain and discomfort prevent you from putting weight on your foot, you should have the injury checked out by your foot doctor to determine the extent of the damage. X-rays or other imaging studies will be needed and surgery may be necessary.

Initial treatment for a broken foot includes:

  • Immobilizing the foot and keeping weight off of it by using crutches or a wheelchair.
  • Keeping the foot elevated and applying ice to reduce pain and swelling. Ibuprofen or Tylenol can help decrease pain.
  • Using compression bandages will also help prevent excess movement until you can see your foot doctor for a proper evaluation.

If you suspect that your foot may be broken, see your podiatrist immediately for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly skilled podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to delivering the best foot and ankle care. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!