What is a foot fracture?
A foot fracture, commonly known as a broken foot, occurs when one of the many bones in the foot is cracked – either partially or fully. Each foot is made up of more than 20 bones, which are susceptible to breaking due to sports injuries, falls, or other types of trauma. Treatment for a broken foot will vary depending on the location of the fracture as well as the severity. Often times, rehab is recommended to ensure proper healing and recovery following a foot fracture. At EPTG, we offer top-notch and convenient rehab to help get you back on your feet and enjoying your regular activities.
What causes a foot fracture?
A broken foot can occur any time that something causes one of the bones in the foot to be crushed, stretched, stressed, or bent in a way that is not normal. A broken foot is most commonly caused by one of the following:
- Repeated pressure on the foot (stress fracture)
- Sports injuries
- Direct blow to the foot (e.g. impact from a car accident or a heavy object falling on the foot)
What are the symptoms of a foot fracture?
The symptoms of a broken foot will vary from patient to patient, depending on the type and location of the fracture, along with other factors. The symptoms associated with a foot fracture may include the following:
- Foot pain, ranging in severity depending on which bone is broken
- Foot swelling
- Foot bruising
- Foot tenderness
- Difficulty walking and standing on the injured foot
- In serious cases, the broken bone may puncture through the skin
Do I need to get treatment for a broken foot?
For many types of foot fractures, conservative treatments such as closed reduction and casting or splinting may be indicated. In more severe or complex cases, a foot fracture may require surgery for proper repair and healing. In either case, PT is often recommended for patients recovering from a broken foot, whether they have been through surgery or not. Our team can work with you to determine the best treatment plan and help you get back to the activities you love.
If you are suffering from a foot fracture, visit one of our locations. We are open six days a week and accept walk-ins so you can come in anytime. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, you can fill out the form on this page.