Posts for: June, 2016
Your feet have many tiny bones held together by connective tissues. In fact, about a quarter of the bones in your body lie in your feet. Because of their location and size, fractures on these bones are a common and treatable occurrence. But how can you tell the difference between a fracture and a sprain or bruise? Learn more with help from Chattanooga, TN podiatrists, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care.
Types of Foot Fractures
Most cases of broken bones occur due to a sudden injury to the bone. This trauma damages or breaks the bone, causing pain and other symptoms. However, sometimes bones become damaged due to stress fractures which get worse over time. This process occurs due to repeated stress being placed on the bone. The feet’s bones are particularly susceptible to stress fractures.
Symptoms of a Fractured Foot
Determining a broken foot from a sprain can be a tricky task. The symptoms of a break and sprain are very similar and determining which classification to use without x-rays is usually based on the intensity of the pain. Symptoms of a broken foot bone include:
- very reduced range of motion
- pain that decreases with rest
If you think you have a broken bone, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. If you experience very severe symptoms, your foot is numb, you can see the bone through the skin or the foot is deformed, you should seek immediate emergency medical care.
Fracture Treatment in Chattanooga, TN
Dr. Bizzoco and Dr. Burgan use x-rays to determine if you have a break in a bone. Other imagining methods like MRIs or ultrasound may also allow your doctor to pinpoint the break. Depending on the severity and location of the break, treatments vary. Normally, the foot first requires stabilization by using a cast or splint. You will probably need to use crutches until your foot is healed as staying off of the foot is crucial to the healing process. Most broken bones take six to eight weeks to heal completely.
For more information on foot fractures and how your podiatrist can help, please contact Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN. Call (423) 855-0728 to schedule your foot examination today!