There are 26 bones in the foot. These bones support our weight and allow us to walk and run. Certain activities or injuries can cause a fracture, or break, in one or more of these bones.
Bones usually break when something happens to crush, bend, twist, or stretch the bone. Toes are often broken when you accidentally kick something hard. Heels can break when you fall from a height. Other bones in the foot sometimes break when you twist or sprain an ankle.
Most bones break suddenly during an accident or immediate injury. Occasionally, small cracks can form in bones over a long period of time from repeated stress on the bones. They happen most commonly in athletes such as dancers, runners, and gymnasts. Broken bones are more common in children than in adults.
Diagnosis of a Foot Fracture
A foot and ankle doctor will ask about the injury and examine you. Sometimes a doctor's examination is all that is needed to be certain bones in the mid-foot are not broken. Your foot and ankle doctor will decide if an x-ray, or other imaging study, is needed.
Treatment of a Foot Fracture
A foot and ankle surgeon can determine the best treatment course. Often rest, icing, and immobilization are the treatments.
Some broken bones in the foot can be treated with crutches and flat-bottom shoes, others require splints or casts, and still others require surgery to repair the bones. Crutches can be used to help you walk when you have a foot fracture.
Surgical Treatment of a Foot Fracture
Depending on the severity of the foot fracture, sometimes surgery may be needed. Your foot and ankle doctor can determine if surgery is needed.
Remember, any type of foot or ankle pain is never normal. A foot and ankle doctor can examine your feet and give you the best course of action.
Please call (626) 447-2184 (Arcadia) or (818) 408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak to a foot and ankle specialist about your foot and/or ankle needs.