Fractured FootThayne, WY
Fractured foot treatment can help you get back on your feet and back to your everyday life. A fractured foot can be excruciatingly painful and deteriorate your overall quality of life. Do not hesitate to get the treatment you need.
Fractured foot treatment is available at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic in Thayne and the surrounding area. If left untreated, fractured feet may lead to severe complications. Call us today at 1-307-243-4080 to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist or learn more about our services.
Understanding Fractured Feet
Fractured feet, also known as broken feet, are feet that have suffered injury to the bone. They are so common that approximately one out of every 10 broken bones occurs in the foot. The human bone can be divided into three distinct sections: the hindfoot, the midfoot, and the forefoot.
There are two bones in the hindfoot (talus and calcaneus), five smaller bones in the midfoot (navicular, cuboid, and three cuneiforms), nineteen bones in the forefoot (one metatarsal per toe, two phalanges per big toe, and three phalanges in all the other toes). Altogether, with the accessory sesamoid bones, there are 26 bones in the human foot.
Causes of Fractured Feet
Anything that bends, crushes, stretches, or twists the bone can fracture the foot. Bones in the foot usually break due to accidents, including accidentally kicking something too hard, falling from a height and landing on the feet, twisting or spraining an ankle, et cetera. Repeated stress on the bones may also gradually form small cracks in the bone. These are known as stress fractures.
Adults’ bones are stronger than their tendons and ligaments, while the reverse is true in children. As such, children tend to break their bones more easily than adults. Still, children typically have flexible and resilient forefeet. Additionally, metatarsal and phalangeal fractures may be difficult to recognize on X-rays. Consequently, X-rays of the child’s uninjured foot may also be necessary to set a baseline.
Symptoms of Fractured Feet
Pain is the primary symptom of a fractured foot, particularly when the bones are broken in a weight-bearing area. Other signs include:
- Joint dislocation
- Pain when walking
Those with certain pre-existing conditions, such as peripheral neuropathy, may not experience pain, letting the fracture go unnoticed. In such cases, patients should look out for bruising, swelling, and deformity.
Diagnosing Fractured Feet
Patients will likely need to undergo a thorough physical examination and, in some cases, some imaging tests to receive an official diagnosis. During the examination, our podiatrist will check for points of tenderness in the foot. They will be able to determine the cause of the pain once he finds its source. It may also be necessary to move the affected foot in different directions to test the range of motion, and the patient may need to walk for a short distance so he can observe their gait.
Patients who need imaging tests may undergo X-rays, bone scans, computerized tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). X-rays can show foot fractures from several different angles, while bone scans involve injecting a small amount of radioactive material into a vein to illuminate damaged areas. CT scans compile multiple X-rays to create cross-sectional images, revealing more detail about the bone and the surrounding soft tissues. Finally, MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to show detailed images of the ligaments holding the foot and ankle together.
Treating Fractured Feet
Fractured feet can typically be treated without surgery, and treatment will depend on the fracture’s location and severity. Our team customizes every treatment plan to each patient’s unique needs. Patients should follow the RICE protocol as soon as they realize they have a broken foot: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate, along with bandaging after. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications are typically enough to alleviate any pain.
Patients may also need to modify their physical activity, wear protective footwear, or wear a cast while the foot heals. Foot fractures generally take six to eight weeks to recover fully, during which time patients should avoid placing any excess stress on their foot. Severe fractures may require surgery to heal properly.
Call Us Today
Do not let a fractured foot get in the way of your life. Our podiatrist and team at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic can help. Call us today at 1-307-243-4080 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I do not get my fractured foot treated?
Untreated fractured feet can cause long-term complications. These risks include arthritis and if the skin is punctured or damaged, infection. Trauma to the foot can also lead to nerve or blood vessel damage. As such, patients should see our podiatrist as soon as they suspect they may have a fractured foot.
Am I at risk for a fractured foot?
Certain groups are more at risk for a fractured foot than others. These include those who participate in high-impact sports, use sports techniques or equipment improperly, increase their activity level suddenly, work in certain occupations, keep a cluttered or poorly lit home, or have certain preexisting conditions.
How can I prevent a fractured foot?
Practicing basic safety rules can help prevent a fractured foot. Patients should wear proper shoes, replace athletic shoes regularly, alternate physical activities, and start each new activity slowly. They should also build bone strength, walk only in adequate lighting, and declutter their homes to limit fall risk.
Will I need physical therapy after my bone has healed?
Yes. You will likely need to loosen up any stiff muscles and ligaments in your feet. Physical therapy can help you regain any lost flexibility and strength.
What should I let a podiatrist know about my fractured foot?
Come to your appointment with a list of symptoms you have been experiencing. Include any information you feel may be relevant about any other previous medical problems you, your parents, or siblings have had or are currently having. You should also let the doctor know about any medications and supplements you are taking. A thorough medical history and physical examination are both necessary to make the most accurate diagnosis.
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