Injury to the bones in the foot, or a foot fracture, can be caused by numerous things. Occasionally, the cause of the fracture is obvious such as an impact to the foot or landing on the ground from a great height. Other times the cause of the injury is much less obvious and can occur gradually over time when there is stress on the bones. Fractures of the foot make up approximately 10% of all reported broken bones. The area of the foot which has been fractured can give doctors a clue as to how it occurred. For example:
Broken bones usually cause the person pain, namely when bearing the weight of the person. This can cause the person to limp. Limping and the connected pain are the two most common signs of a foot fracture. A fracture can also present with:
A deformity usually occurs when a bone has been moved out of alignment or there is a connected joint dislocation. Pain can be missing as a symptom when the person has nerve damage or is diabetic. When this is the case, the doctor will look for the other signs of a fracture.
When the pain is severe, if you cannot walk without limping, if the fracture is accompanied by an open wound, or if there is numbness or tingling in the toes, you should see the doctor right away. Come into the office if the foot feels very hot or cold as well.
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