Nearly one-fourth of all the bones in your body are in your feet. A broken (fractured) bone in your forefoot or in one of your toes is often painful, but rarely disabling. There are two types of foot fractures : stress fractures and general bone fractures.
Stress fractures usually occur in the bones of the forefoot extending from the toes to the middle of the foot. Stress fractures are like tiny cracks in the bone surface. They can happen with sudden increases in exercise (such as running or walking for longer distances or times), improper training techniques, or a change in surfaces.
Most other types of fractures extend through the bone, and are called bone fractures. Bone fractures usually result from trauma, such as dropping a heavy object on your foot, or from a twisting injury. Common symptoms for any type of foot fracture includes pain, swelling, redness, and sometimes bruising. If you suspect a fracture in your foot or ankle, contact Dr. Kovac for help!
Often, unexplained foot fractures are an early sign of Osteoporosis.Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to thin and weaken. Because of this, normal activities such as walking or standing can cause the bone to fracture.Approximately 1.5 million bone fractures a year are due to Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is most common in women over age 50, but can sometimes happen in men and younger women.
There are things you can do to help protect your feet from fractures:
- Start exercise routines slowly – Gradually increase your exercise and remember to warm up and cool down.
- Wear supportive shoes – Make sure your shoes support your heel and cushion your arch. Orthotics can also be beneficial.
- Don’t go barefoot – Always wear shoes in public areas to avoid being exposed to bacteria. Cover up all wounds and call Dr. Kovac if you see any sign of infection.
Most of the time, foot fractures heal without operative treatment.In extreme cases, surgery is performed to remove the fibrous tissue and repair any tears.
If you are experiencing any foot or ankle pain, contact Dr. Kylin Kovac at Idaho Foot and Ankle Center. With proper diagnosis and treatment, he can treat most foot and ankle problems. Dr. Kovac will listen to your symptoms, provide you with an individualized treatment, and prepare a plan to help get you back to the activities you love!
Some content provided by The ACFAS.