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When you experience trauma to your foot or ankle, a fracture may occur. Many actions can cause foot and ankle breaks, such as a fall, an obvious impact to the foot or ankle, or increased stress on a bone over time. The location of the fracture and X-rays will often reveal to your podiatrist how the fracture occurred.
Pain, especially when bearing weight, is a telltale sign of a fracture. Limping due to pain is a further sign of a foot or ankle fracture. Other symptoms include inflammation, bruising, deformity, and tenderness.
A deformity may occur due to a shift in your bone alignment or a joint dislocation near the fracture. While pain is a significant symptom of breakage, a patient who has nerve damage or who has diabetes may not feel this pain. In this instance, your podiatrist will look for additional signs to determine whether a fracture is present.
If you’re experiencing severe pain, can’t walk without limping, have an open wound near the suspected break, or have numbness or tingling in your toes, seek prompt professional care.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have a fractured or broken foot or ankle, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your foot to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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