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Understanding Metatarsal Fractures

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

A metatarsal fracture, a common injury affecting the long bones in the foot, occurs when one or more of these slender bones break due to excessive force or trauma. The metatarsals, positioned between the ankle and toes, play an important role in weight-bearing and overall foot function. The fracture can result from various incidents, including falls, direct impact, or sudden twisting motions. High-impact sports or accidents involving heavy objects may contribute to metatarsal fractures. The symptoms typically include pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Accurate diagnosis through imaging, such as X-rays, is essential for determining the extent of the fracture and guiding appropriate treatment. Understanding the nature of metatarsal fractures is pivotal for prompt medical attention and effective recovery. If you have endured a broken foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose and offer treatment methods that are right for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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