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By Gresham Podiatry Center
October 24, 2017
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Fracture  

What your Gresham, OR, podiatrist can do for youfoot fractures

A quarter of the bones in our body reside in our feet. Several foot issues may need operative treatment, however many fractures, like a broken toe causing pain, may heal without you needing to operate.

In order to better understand what your options are when it comes to foot fractures, your Gresham doctor has broken down the types of foot fractures people suffer from:

Stress fractures: Stress fractures are small cracks in the surface of the bone. They usually occur in your forefoot, the area extending from your toes until the middle of your foot. How do stress fractures occur? Well, they are a result of several things, such as sudden increase in exercise, poor training methods.

General bone fractures: General fractures are called bone fractures because they extend through the bones. There are two types of general bone fractures: Closed fracture, which is when the bone doesn't break through the skin, and open fracture, when the boned does break through the skin.

What may be the cause? They may be a result of trauma, like thinking it's good idea to kick a bowling ball.

Other types of fractures:

  • The fifth metatarsal, pinky toe, may be affected by various fractures.
  • Jones fracture, a serious injury in the same area, occurs close to the base of the bone and impacts blood supply, resulting in longer healing times or making surgery a requirement.

Symptoms of foot fractures include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Sometimes bruising

The welfare of your feet and overall health is crucial. If you or a loved one are suffering from these symptoms, you should visit your podiatrist right away. Don't wait until the fracture has caused more damage. Your health is a priority.

Call the Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR at (503) 667-6600. Call to make an appointment or ask in regards to any concerns you may have.