A foot fracture, or injury to the bones in the foot, can be caused by many things. Some times, the cause of the fracture is clear such as landing on the ground from a great height or trauma to the foot. The cause of the injury can also be much less obvious and can occur when there is stress on the bones and progress slowly over time. Doctors get clues as to how it occurred by identifying the area of the foot which has been fractured. For example:
Limping and pain are the two most common signs of a foot fracture. A fracture can also present with:
A deformity typically occurs when a bone has been shifted out of alignment or there is a joint dislocation. When the person has nerve damage or is diabetic, they may not experience pain. When this is the case, the podiatrist will search for the other indications of a fracture.
If you cannot walk without limping, the pain is intense, if the foot feels very hot or cold, if the fracture is accompanied by an open wound, or if there is tingling or numbness in the toes, come into the office right away.