A fracture is a break in the bone, which is caused by some sort of injury. Whether you twist it the wrong way playing sports, accidentally kick something hard or drop a heavy object on your foot, foot fractures are a common injury. Upon injury your foot may appear swollen, bruised, tender and very painful. Dr. Julaine Miller says, “Walking may be difficult and you should try to stay off of your foot, ankle, and leg to allow the bone to heal.”
Bones are susceptible to two kinds of fractures: stress and general. Most stress fractures are caused by overuse and repetitive activity, and are common in runners and athletes who participate in running sports, such as soccer and basketball. Unlike a normal fracture, a stress fracture does not present with bruising, but instead, some amount of swelling and a bad ache. Refraining from high impact activities for an adequate period of time is key to recovering from a stress fracture in the foot or ankle. Returning to normal activity prematurely can not only delay the healing process but also increase the risk for a complete fracture.
Whether it be a general or stress fracture, your injury should not be ignored. Upon injury we suggest applying ice and elevate the affected lower leg to lessen swelling. Keep weight off the foot and rest it as much as possible. In addition, it is important to seek medical attention as quickly as possible to avoid further injury. Cornerstone Foot and Ankle’s team of specialist are here to aid in your road to recovery. Call now or request your appointment online today!