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Managing a Broken Foot

Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

A broken foot, resulting from various causes such as sports injuries, falls, or accidents, can significantly impact your daily life. With 26 delicate bones in each foot, fractures are common and can lead to changes in physical appearance and movement. Symptoms of a broken foot include sudden or gradual pain, difficulty in bearing weight, swelling, bruising, altered gait pattern, and poor balance. Long-term treatment is needed for effective recovery. It typically involves the use of protective casts, boots, or supportive footwear to shield the foot during the healing process. The healing process for bones usually spans six to eight weeks, though the duration may extend based on the severity of your fracture. Beyond immediate care, rehabilitation exercises play an important role in restoring range of motion, mobility, strength, and balance. Because neglecting proper treatment can result in complications, it is imperative to prioritize comprehensive and sustained care for a broken foot. By adhering to these measures, individuals can optimize the healing process, minimize risks, and regain full functionality, ensuring a smoother road to recovery. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for an exam and appropriate treatment methods,

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our doctors from Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. 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 St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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