A broken foot can wreak havoc in daily life and cause severe pain and discomfort. It can also make everyday tasks impossible to complete. Most broken feet occur from a fall as the foot may twist in a different direction than the rest of the body. Conversely, it may also happen gradually, and this may be referred to as a stress fracture. Common symptoms that many people experience with a broken foot can consist of a bone that may protrude through the skin appearing displaced, and the foot may immediately become bruised or swollen. It is difficult to walk and prompt medical attention is often sought. A proper diagnosis consists of having an X-ray taken and this is successful in determining the severity of the fracture. A cast or protective boot may be prescribed for approximately six weeks. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat it as quickly as possible.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Bradley Olson, DPM from North Dakota. 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:
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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.
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