The foot is one of the most complex parts of the body. There are three different parts of the foot, the hind-foot, mid-foot, and forefoot. Between all three parts of each foot, there is a total of 26 bones. With the high number of bones in each foot, it is not uncommon for injuries such as breaks or fractures.
It is tough to tell if there is a fracture in the foot with the naked eye. Typically, the help of X-rays is needed. Symptoms of a fractured foot might include:
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Many factors go into whether or not you can walk with a fractured foot. As previously mentioned, there are 26 bones in each foot. The quick answer is sometimes it depends on which bone in the foot is fractured when determining if you can still walk. For example, broken toes are usually not as painful as other broken bones in the foot, so that walking can be possible on most occasions. The type of fracture is critical as well. Some fractures may heal on their own or with the help of a boot or cast, while some may require surgery. Furthermore, if there is an involvement of soft tissue injury or severe ankle sprains, walking may be out of the question. Watch this VIDEO 5 foot and ankle symptoms you should not ignore.
Treatment on a broken or fractured foot varies. Several factors should be considered when determining treatment, such as the location of the fracture, type of fracture, and involvement of another important anatomy in the area. Different types of treatment include:
If you have a more severe fracture, you may need surgery to repair the fracture in addition to tendons, ligaments, and muscles. JOI Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Specialists are experts in fracture repair of the foot and ankle.
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