How do you know if your foot is broke?
Fast facts on a broken foot:
- The human foot is made up of around 26 bones.
- The most common symptoms of a broken foot are pain, swelling, and bruising.
- A broken foot or toe may take 1 to 3 months to heal fully.
What are the symptoms of a broken foot? The most common symptoms of a broken foot include: pain. bruising. tenderness. swelling. problems walking or putting weight on the foot. deformity, such as a broken bone sticking out of the skin or the foot facing the wrong way.
What are the signs of a sprained foot? Symptoms of a foot sprain include: Pain and tenderness near the arch of the foot. This can be felt on the bottom, top, or sides of the foot.
Is foot sprained or broken? You may have difficulty determining if your foot is broken or sprained. This is normal because the symptoms of the two conditions overlap. In general, a broken foot tends to be more painful than a sprained foot, and the pain lasts longer. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness are also more severe if your foot is broken.
What does a sprained foot look like? In a mild or moderate midfoot sprain, your midfoot area will be swollen and tender, and there may be some local bruising (black and blue discoloration). In more severe sprains, you may not be able to bear weight on your injured foot.
How soon should a broken foot be treated?
How soon should a broken foot be treated? Healing should occur within 4 to 6 weeks. Fractures of the great toe that are displaced may require surgery to allow better healing. An orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist (foot specialist) may choose this option, but often that decision is made electively a few days after the injury.
How do you heal a broken foot? A cast is often needed to treat a broken foot. It is important to elevate a broken foot until a doctor can be seen. An ice pack should be applied to a broken foot. A patient with a broken foot will need to use crutches to keep weight off the foot until it heals.
Can doctors do anything for a broken foot? Some people say that “the doctor can’t do anything for a broken bone in the foot.” This is usually not true. In fact, if a fractured toe or metatarsal bone is not treated correctly, serious complications may develop. For example: A deformity in the bony architecture, which may limit the ability to move the foot or cause difficulty in fitting shoes.
What is the healing time for a broken foot? The general rule of thumb for a broken foot bone to heal is six to eight weeks. No matter how much you want to negotiate the healing time to get back to running and other exercise, the time frame is dictated by your body. You can help by following Dr. Schneider’s advice and carefully caring for the fractured foot.