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Nearly one fourth of all the bones in your body are located in your feet. When you fracture your foot, one of these bones is partially or completely broken. Fractures or breaks are often painful but are rarely disabling. The severity and pain you experience varies significantly, but treatment is always needed to prevent further injury and long-term problems.
Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bones surface and frequently occur in the bones from the middle of your foot to your toes. This can occur with sudden changes in stress to the foot or longer ongoing stress such as walking or jogging longer distances.
Stable fractures occur when the fracture continues to extend through the bone but does not cause a shift in alignment to the bones. A displaced fracture continues to extend through the bone and does cause a misalignment of the bones. This type is most often caused by dropping a heavy object on your foot or twisting the foot into an irregular position.
While it is impossible to prevent everyday accidents that cause fractures, it is important to know when to seek medical help for the problem. You should see a podiatrist if you:
If you experience any pain or discomfort after experiencing the above, you should schedule an appointment with Board Certified Dr. Verville in Frisco, Tx.
To avoid developing more serious injuries related to a foot fracture, you should look for the following symptoms of a broken foot:
If you have a fracture in your foot you should avoid walking, even if you are able, as it may cause additional pain and prevent healing.
If you think you have fractured or broken your foot, ankle or toe you should see Dr. Verville in Frisco, Tx as soon as possible. Try to keep weight off the injured foot and apply ice to reduce swelling until your appointment. Treatments for a broken ankle or broken foot depend on the exact site and severity of the fracture.
While treatment will vary from person to person, a broken foot or ankle is commonly treated with:
In most cases of foot fractures, a combination of several treatments may be recommended. More severe conditions may require surgery and extensive rehabilitation.
Broken bones, foot and ankle fractures, especially stress fractures are serious injuries and Dr. Verville may recommend additional imaging scans depending on the severity of the fracture. These imaging scans may include:
If you have a foot fracture and need treatment, call our Frisco office at (214) 385-8822 to schedule an immediate appointment.