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By Gresham Podiatry Center
November 08, 2016
Category: Pain
Tags: Fractured Foot   Foot Pain  

A broken foot is nothing to ignore. Discover the warning signs that you may be dealing with a fractured foot.

You can’t wait to get out on the field and get on with the big game. You are ready to give it your all; however, once you finally get the ball and start running you find yourself being tackled rather hard from your opponent. You fall to the ground. You get up and instantly notice that it’s impossible to put weight on your foot. Could you have possibly broken your foot? Our Gresham, OR podiatrists Dr. Derek McCammon have the answers.

Here are some of the telltale signs that you may be dealing with a broken foot:

  • Sudden throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • The inability to put weight on your foot
  • Pain that gets worse as you move

While some people do hear a snapping noise during impact, this isn’t always a sign that you have a broken foot. To make sure that you really have broken your foot you will need to see our Gresham, OR foot doctors.

How will we diagnose a broken foot?

We will perform a physical examination and get more information about the symptoms you are having. Sometimes imaging tests are required to make a definitive diagnosis. X-rays and/or CT scans may also be used to make a diagnosis.

How is a fractured foot treated?

The treatment plan we create for you will be determined by which bone (or bones) was broken and the severity of the break. Common treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Immobilization (a foot cast or brace)

It will take several weeks for a broken bone to heal. If the break is severe enough it may require surgery; however, surgery is not a typical treatment option when it comes to addressing broken bones unless the problem is serious.

A foot fracture requires immediate care. Turn to Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR if you have a foot injury. Our doctors are here to get you back on your feet.