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A Broken Foot Is Diagnosed by Having an X-Ray Taken

A force that is exerted on one or more bones in the foot may result in a broken foot. It can happen from falling, or from enduring a sudden injury. Most people know immediately if they have broken their foot by the amount of swelling and bruising that occurs. In severe breaks, the bone can protrude and may look deformed, possibly requiring surgery for proper placement. A  diagnosis is often performed by having an X-ray taken, which is generally successful in determining the severity of the fracture. This is often followed by beginning the correct treatment, which often means wearing a boot or a cast that can stabilize the foot as the healing process occurs. Recovery time can be up to 3 months, and crutches can be used which can aid in completing daily tasks. After the foot has healed, specific exercises can be performed to strengthen the entire foot. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you in regaining strength in your foot.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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