How to Tell if You Broke Your Foot

Your foot contains many bones that are very strong but some, like the metatarsals, can be easily injured or broken just by dropping your phone or laptop on the front of your foot.

A hairline fracture of the foot or ankle can develop from repetitive use from sports and exercise. These types of fractures can be hard to identify because they can mimic other foot problems, so seeing your foot doctor is the best way to get a quick and accurate diagnosis.

A broken heel bone, on the other hand, often happens suddenly after a hard landing and can be extremely obvious, painful and debilitating.

 Some of the more obvious signs that you may have a broken bone in your foot include the following:

●      A cracking sound followed by the immediate onset of throbbing pain

●      Swelling, bruising, numbing, and tenderness

●      Protruding bone, cuts, and bleeding

●      You can’t put weight on your foot without extreme pain

●      Your shoe won’t come off or go on easily

Obviously, before seeing your foot specialist, you should do everything you can to decrease the pain and swelling. Elevating the foot and applying ice will reduce swelling and pain until you can get to your foot specialist. Try not to put any more weight on your foot and use crutches or a wheelchair. Severe breaks may require surgery to repair.

If you need help treating a broken bone in your foot, see your podiatrist right away. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, in Dallas County, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.