With the large number of bones that are in your foot and ankle, it comes as no surprise that nearly one-fourth of all broken bones occur in the foot or ankle. There is usually a relationship between the location of a stress fracture or break and how the injury occurred. Examples include a broken heel bone that occurs after landing badly during a jump, or toes that fracture after kicking something too hard.
A break in the foot or ankle often happens without warning, when you are not expecting it. Stress fractures, however, can take time to develop, and frequently occur in athletes and dancers due to the repeated stress that their feet endure.
Symptoms of a foot fracture
- Severe pain – severe pain and a sudden inability to put weight on your foot are often the first signs.
- Swelling and discoloration – blueness, numbness, tenderness, and severe swelling may be evident.
- Bone deformities – a protruding bone is an obvious sign of a severe fracture.
- Difficult shoe removal – if you can’t get your shoe on or off easily due to severe pain and swelling, you may have a fracture.
While a broken toe may not be extremely painful, a broken heel bone can be excruciating and will make it impossible to walk. If you are experiencing severe pain that makes it extremely hard to stand or walk you should see a medical professional immediately and have the injury evaluated to determine the extent of the damage.
Try to keep the foot elevated and stabilized as much as possible, and apply ice to reduce the pain and swelling. Ibuprofen or other pain relievers can be taken in moderation.
If you are concerned about a possible broken bone in your foot, call your foot doctor for the best care. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.