Types of Foot Fractures

The most common foot fractures include toe fractures, metatarsal fractures, ankle fractures, and calcaneal fractures. Fractures of the foot are usually categorized into three types: Acute or stress, open or closed, and displaced or non-displaced. Acute fractures can result from a car accident or fall. A stress fracture, on the other hand, occurs due to repeated stress over time. An open or compound fracture is a fracture in which the skin breaks over the broken bone.

Dr. Sophia Solomon is a leading NYC podiatrist who has been treating conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and structures of the leg for a long time. She focuses on correcting foot and ankle deformities. She can diagnose your foot problem and recommend a treatment option that suits you.

Causes of Foot Fracture

An acute foot fracture is caused by a direct foot injury. This can happen when you drop something on your foot or fall awkwardly. It can also occur if someone steps on or kicks your foot. Foot fractures can also result from twisting of your ankle or foot. An acute foot fracture can also occur when you land from a jump or fall. This is very common in ballet dancers. Regardless of the cause of the fracture, Dr. Sophia Solomon can recommend an appropriate treatment to help you recover.

  • Falls and accidents

  • Missteps

  • The impact from a heavyweight

  • Another person stepping on your foot

Symptoms and Diagnosis

The most common signs and symptoms of a foot fracture include severe pain and swelling, deformity, tenderness, difficulty walking or carrying out daily tasks, bruising, pain that increases with activity, etc. If you are experiencing severe pain in your foot or have a swollen bruised foot, you should immediately see a foot specialist in New York City. However, if you have an open fracture with exposed flesh, you should pay an immediate visit to an emergency room. Once you are evaluated and deemed stable, you should make an appointment with an expert NYC podiatrist like Dr. Sophia Solomon.

Foot doctors usually utilize plain radiography for the diagnosis of foot fractures. However, an MRI or CT imaging may be required to diagnose an occult fracture. You should share all the details like how the injury occurred, how severe the pain is, etc. with your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis.

Dr. Sophia Solomon considers a lot of factors before recommending treatment for a foot fracture. These include the extent of the damage, which area of the bone is fractured, if it is an open or closed fracture, age and lifestyle of the patient, whether or not the broken bone is displaced, etc. Surgery may be required if conservative therapies and solutions do not reduce pain, swelling, and other symptoms. Your foot doctor may recommend any of the following treatments to treat your foot fracture: