Many broken bones occur in the feet and ankles due to all the stress that we put on them every day. Some examples of these breaks include a broken heel that can be the result of landing hard after a high jump and toes that form stress fractures from participating in high impact sports like football and basketball.
While a break in the foot or ankle often occurs without any notice, a stress fracture can slowly develop over time and can be difficult to diagnose.
The symptoms of a broken foot will include the following:
- Intense pain—Immediate, severe pain and an inability to put weight on your foot
- Inflammation, redness, and bleeding—Discoloration, numbness, tenderness, and severe swelling will occur.
- Protrusions—A protruding bone is obviously very serious and needs immediate treatment.
- Shoes that are hard to remove—You have trouble removing your shoes due to pain and swelling.
Of course, if you are experiencing any type of pain that makes it difficult to put weight on your foot, then you need to get an evaluation and imaging study done immediately to avoid further complications.
If you are concerned about a possible broken bone in your foot, your podiatrist will provide the best care. Visit Your Next Step, a podiatry office serving the greater Philadelphia area, where our team of board-certified podiatrists can diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen treat common problems including sports injuries,arthritis, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Our offices are conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, Woodlyn, and Downingtown, PA. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.