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Diagnosing a Broken Foot

One should always take a broken foot seriously. When someone breaks or fractures the foot, they may experience a wide range of unpleasant symptoms. For example, the individual might notice a sensation of tenderness, a loss of feeling around the affected area, visible changes to the skin like bruising or swelling, and a cracking sound whenever the foot is moved. A medical professional, such as a podiatrist, can help diagnose your broken foot in different ways. For example, a simple examination of your foot might be performed whereby skin breaks and foot movement are analyzed. Additionally, to diagnose your broken foot, an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan might be performed. Through these procedures, pictures are taken of the affected foot with the aid of contrast liquid. This kind of liquid essentially improves how visible your foot will be in a picture. Lastly, to diagnose your broken foot, a medical professional may perform what is known as a bone scan. No matter how a diagnosis is performed, you should contact a podiatrist if you suspect a broken foot. A podiatrist will help you identify and treat the problem.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when 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 in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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