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Dr. Payam Rafat
218 Doctors shared insights

Broken Foot (Overview)

It is when there is injury to the bone that penetrates the cortex (outer shell) of the bone.


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What are the tests for broken foot?

What are the tests for broken foot?

X-ray: X-raying the foot is the best examination. If you have a concern, see your podiatrist. Dr l. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
218 Doctors shared insights

Broken Foot (Overview)

It is when there is injury to the bone that penetrates the cortex (outer shell) of the bone.


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What are some of the symptoms of broken foot?

What are some of the symptoms of broken foot?

Broken bone foot: Pain is the prominent symptom worsened by weight bearing. Look for signs of swelling, anatomical distortion, bruising, and decreased function. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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How do I know if I have a broken foot?

How do I know if I have a broken foot?

Get and x-ray: Pain, swelling, bruising, limitation of motion, and angulation deformities are signs of a possible fractured foot. Get an x-ray taken. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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I have had lateral knee pain for a while and have had an MRI showing nothings wrong, can a broken foot be the cause? Thanks

I have had lateral knee pain for a while and have had an MRI showing nothings wrong, can a broken foot be the cause? Thanks

Abnormal gait- Yes!: A foot injury or fracture can easily lead to abnormal gait or walking patterns and secondarily cause knee pain as the muscles are used in an abnormal fashion resulting in pain and overuse. Lateral knee pain may be from a tight/irritated iliotibial band as it rides across the lateral femoral condyle and inserts onto the top of the tibia. Evaluation by your orthopaedic surgeon is indicated. ...Read more

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Distal diaphysis of 3 mm displacement of distal fragment. No evidence of solid callus. .... What does this mean of a broken foot?

Distal diaphysis of 3 mm displacement of distal fragment. No evidence of solid callus. .... What does this mean of a broken foot?

Depends on timing...: See a podiatrist for an evaluation and give specific dates for when the original injury occured and dates of treatments and x-rays. It may be a delayed union of the fracture. ...Read more

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Treating Athlete's Foot (Checklist)

Dry well between your toes after your shower or bath
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Wear white cotton socks, especially in the summer
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Try to avoid scratching
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See your podiatrist if symptoms persist or do not improve
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What are different ways to treat broken foot?

What are different ways to treat broken foot?

Yes: A fracture of the foot is treated depending on the severity of the fracture and location of the fracture. Often a stress fracture can be treated nonsurgically with a stiff soled surgical shoe. Fractures that have displaced or involve the joint often require outpatient surgery to fixated the fracture to ensure proper healing and long term function. Fixation can be screws/plates/pins. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a cast and a boot in treating a broken foot?

What is the difference between a cast and a boot in treating a broken foot?

Cast: A cast is applied in a medical setting and remains on until it is removed by a health care professional. It is made of either fiberglass or gypsum. A boot or a cam walker is a device made from plastic that is removable. Either way they both provide immobilization. Most patients prefer the cam walker because they can remove it when they are mon weight bearing, i.E sleeping. ...Read more

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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
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Dry well between your toes after you bathe
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Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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Which treatments for lisfranc foot fracture are most cost-effective?

Which treatments for lisfranc foot fracture are most cost-effective?

Hard to say: There are several ways to address the lisfranc injury/fracture. These are complex and require complex information and diagnostics as an operating surgeon to make the treatment decision. Treatment ranges from casting and immobilization to internal fixation to fusion of the joint. A specialist would need to do a thorough evaluation to make that call. ...Read more

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Can I work sitting at a desk with a broken foot in a cast? It swells up when lower than my heart. Is this dangerous? How can I prevent clot while work

Can I work sitting at a desk with a broken foot in a cast? It swells up when lower than my heart. Is this dangerous? How can I prevent clot while work

It is possible: If swelling is severe, it could cut off the circulation. If you get any discoloration of the toes or experience excessive pain or a feeling of numbness, have it evaluated right asap. To decrease your chances of developing a blood clot you may benefit by being on blood thinning medication or you may try to flex your calf muscles every once in a while and try to move your toes. Get docs advice. ...Read more

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How can you heal a broken foot?

How can you heal a broken foot?

Multiple factors: Recommend seeing a doctor to get x-rays. Fracture toes can take 4-6 weeks to heal. In the meantime price. Protect via immobilization, if a toe, buddy splint the toe to the next toe and wear hard sole shoes that doesn’t allow the foot to bend. Rest – especially at night. Ice at night 20 minutes but no direct contact. Compress via immobilization to minimize swelling. Elevate during the day. ...Read more

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What are the tests for broken foot?

X-ray: X-raying the foot is the best examination. If you have a concern, see your podiatrist. Dr l. ...Read more

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What could you do for a broken foot?

What could you do for a broken foot?

Broken Foot: Depending on many factors including the type and location of the fracture, the nature of the injury and patient factors, fractures the of foot can be treated with: casts, cam walkers/fracture boots, surgical shoes, and surgery. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a broken foot?

Get and x-ray: Pain, swelling, bruising, limitation of motion, and angulation deformities are signs of a possible fractured foot. Get an x-ray taken. ...Read more

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How can you take care of a broken foot?

How can you take care of a broken foot?

Broken foot: These are all good answers. The salient fact from these answers is that the broken foot needs to be evaluated and a treatment plan developed based on the nature and location of the fracture and when the injury occurred before diagnosis. ...Read more

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When will a broken foot typically heal?

When will a broken foot typically heal?

Depends: On the location of the break, amount of displacement, the treatment course (surgical vs casting), compliance of the patient.......history of any smoking, immuno-suppressive medications or disorders. ...Read more

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Stepped on broken foot, further damage?

Stepped on broken foot, further damage?

Should see a foot: Doc to make sure it's out and to assess function of foot. ...Read more

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What are complications from broken foot?

Hopefully none: If all goes well, it heals and your fine. This is why you should seek care. ...Read more

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How long is a broken foot in plaster for?

How long is a broken foot in plaster for?

Depends on site...: Your foot may not even need to be in a plaster cast. It may just be wrapped and placed in a surgical shoe. It depends on what bone is broken and many other factors. Six weeks is usual for many types of immobilization, but it may be a bit longer. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do with a broken foot?

What exercises can I do with a broken foot?

Broken foot: There are 26 bones in each foot and there are a variety of fractures types and severity and none of that information is available nor are the x rays available. That makes this a question that only your treating physician can answer ...Read more

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How long can it take a broken foot to heal?

Patient dependent: In a perfect world, bones typically take 6-8 weeks to heal. However, improper immobilization, activity on the foot, complications in swelling and/or systemic medical conditions can cause delays in the healing process. Some disease that are known to delay bone healing include diabetes and osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Is it ok t ride my bike with a broken foot?

Is it ok t ride my bike with a broken foot?

No: Not a good idea you could cause further damage not to exclude muscle, nerve and vascular damage. You can cause what os called a pseudarthrosis where instead of bone bridging the fracture you could get a fibrous cleft causing prolonged pain and need for surgical correction. ...Read more

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How long will it take to heal a broken foot?

How long will it take to heal a broken foot?

Depends on fracture: "broken foot" could mean many different things. Most fractures will heal within 6-8 weeks if the patient follows the guidelines laid out by the treating physician. Certain fractures can take upwards of 12 weeks. Compliance with your care plan is key! ...Read more

Dr. Karim Badawy
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Foot Fracture (Definition)

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