Foot Fracture

A foot fracture may need orthopedic attention.Image of an Ankle Injury

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 to occur.

How Do You Know If You Have A Fracture In Your Foot?

It is very hard to tell if there is a fracture in the foot with the naked eye. Typically, the help of X-rays are needed. Symptoms of a fractured foot might include: 

  • Swelling.
  • Pain.
  • Inability to bear weight.

To learn more about ankle sprains of the foot and ankle, please watch this VIDEO. 

Image of a foot in a cast.Foot Cast.

Can You Have A Broken Foot And Still Walk On It?

There are many factors that go into whether or not you can walk with a fractured foot. As previously mentioned, there are 26 bones in each foot. 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 walking can be possible in most occasions. The type of fracture is very important 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 involvement of soft tissue injury or severe ankle sprains, walking may be out of the question.

Bones of the FootBones of the Foot

How Is A Fractured Foot Treated? 

Treatment on a broken or fractured foot varies. Several factors should be taken into consideration when determining treatment such as location of the fracture, type of fracture, and involvement of other important anatomy in the area. Different types of treatment include: 

  • R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
  • Immobilization in cast or boot; such as ActivArmor.
  • Surgical procedure.
  • Rehabilitation.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP fracture and injury care. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000.

If you need to schedule an appointment with an Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Specialist, please call JOI-2000, schedule online or click below. 

By: Genesis Villanueva PT/DPT

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