Twenty-five percent (25%) of bones are located in your feet. This makes them quite susceptible to bone fractures. Certain activities or injuries can cause a fracture, or “break,” in one or more of these bones. Pain, swelling, redness, and even bruising are signs of a possible fracture. Fractures of the foot can be diagnosed by x-rays or other studies.
Most other types of fractures are caused by blunt trauma or by twisting the foot unnaturally. If the fracture does not displace or misalign the bone, it is noted to be a stable fracture. If the fractured bone does not break through the skin, it is called a closed fracture. If the fracture does break through the skin, it is called an open fracture.
The Jones fracture is specific for the fifth metatarsal base. Increased stress on the base of this metatarsal causes a fracture. This can often happen when the ankle is rolled or turned. This fracture may require surgery due to the lack of blood supply to this area.
Common symptoms for any type of foot fracture includes:
A foot and ankle surgeon can determine the best treatment course for a fractured foot. Often rest, icing, and immobilization are the treatments; however surgery is sometimes necessary to repair the fracture. Be sure to seek podiatric medical attention for any suspected foot fracture.