Sixth Grader Suffers Broken Foot but Diagnosis Reveals Osteosarcoma

Sixth Grader Suffers Broken Foot but Diagnosis Reveals Osteosarcoma

Dylan McCabe and ClassmatesDylan McCabe, a sixth-grader of the Creekside Christian Academy incurred an injury on Dec. 20, at the beginning of Christmas break, when a large frame fell from a wall and landed directly on his left foot. One month later Tammy McCabe, Dylan’s mother, pondered why her son’s left foot was still swollen when the cast was removed.

“We thought at first it was because he was on crutches and his right leg was doing all the work with his left foot being broken,” she said. It wasn’t until they made another trip to the orthopedist; X-rays revealed Dylan was suffering from a rare form of cancer: osteosarcoma. The bone cancer was found on his right leg, a tumor measuring 14 inches in length right between his hipbone and knee.

“The doctors said it had probably been growing for six months,” said Tammy McCabe. “Dylan never complained about any pain, though. It was a blessing that he broke his foot, because we wouldn’t have known otherwise.”

A broken foot can happen to anyone, at any time. Fortunately, podiatrist Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM can help. Dr. Stran can work with you towards rehabilitating that broken foot and get you back on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is 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 (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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