Symptoms of a Broken Foot

Symptoms of a Broken Foot

March 5, 2024

A broken foot, medically referred to as a foot fracture, occurs when one or more bones in the foot are cracked or fractured. The foot comprises multiple bones, including the metatarsals, phalanges, and tarsals, making it susceptible to fractures from trauma, overuse, or stress injuries. Common symptoms of a broken foot can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. In severe cases, the broken bone may protrude through the skin, indicating an open fracture requiring immediate medical attention. Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, symptoms may vary, ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain and deformity. It is essential to seek medical evaluation if you suspect a broken foot, as untreated fractures can lead to complications such as chronic pain, arthritis, and impaired mobility. If you have endured a broken foot, it is suggested that you seek medical attention from a podiatrist who can determine the severity, and offer the treatment method that is right for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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