Unfortunately, it is usually the case that a broken foot is painfully obvious. However, if there is no visible displacement of the foot bone, it can be difficult to tell if a break occurred. Small breaks or cracks may not painful, so it is important to recognize the symptoms of a broken foot. From there you will be able to determine the severity of the injury and help your doctor prescribe appropriate treatment. If you believe your foot is broken visit, Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, at Prestige Podiatry with offices in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.
Indications your Foot is Broken:
- An open wound or exposed bone in your foot
- Feeling a snap in your foot when the injury occurs
- Hearing a grinding or snapping noise when the injury occurs
- Feeling faint after the injury
- Pain or a dull ache
- Pain when touching the injury
- Difficulty moving your foot or toes
- Trouble walking and bearing weight
Treating a Broken Foot
Immediately following a serious foot injury you should call your doctor or emergency services. Your foot will be painful to touch and you probably will not be able to walk on it. You will feel a throbbing pain followed by swelling and bruising. Keep the foot elevated and apply ice on and off to reduce swelling. Sometimes the displacement of the bone is visible, but the foot bones are small so it can be hard to tell. Your Carmel or Indianapolis podiatrist will determine if your foot is broken or sprained.
Of course, treatment for your broken foot depends on the exact location and severity of the injury. X-rays are used to find the break, in some cases, MRI scans or CT scans are used. The most common treatment for a broken foot requires a cast, brace, splint, or boot. In severe cases, surgery is required to straighten or reconnect the bones with rods, screws, or plates. Anti-inflammatory medication could be prescribed to reduce pain and swelling. Speak with Dr. Agricola at Prestige Podiatry to find out which treatment option is right for you.
If you have recently been in a car accident, suffered a sports injury, or dropped a heavy object on your foot, watch for the signs of a broken foot. Make an appointment with your local podiatrist, Dr. Agricola for treatment as soon as possible. Visit the Prestige Podiatry offices in Carmel, IN, and Indianapolis, IN, or call each office at (317) 846-4111 or (317) 881-0070, respectively.