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Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: X-ray

X-ray is the way to best tell this.
Pretty hard to do based on physical exam alone. Ct, MRI may also diagnose, though x-ray is first-line.

In brief: X-ray

X-ray is the way to best tell this.
Pretty hard to do based on physical exam alone. Ct, MRI may also diagnose, though x-ray is first-line.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Without x-rays?

Without imaging studies, determining whether there is a broken bone is not easy.
When there is crunching with excruciating pain an swelling or obvious deformity (yuck!), it can be obvious. Otherwise, an orthopedist can often determine fractures with palpation (pushing around), or with a tuning fork (though not many of us carry one around with us!).

In brief: Without x-rays?

Without imaging studies, determining whether there is a broken bone is not easy.
When there is crunching with excruciating pain an swelling or obvious deformity (yuck!), it can be obvious. Otherwise, an orthopedist can often determine fractures with palpation (pushing around), or with a tuning fork (though not many of us carry one around with us!).
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry

In brief: Xrays

Not without x-rays. They are a simple diagnostic study.

In brief: Xrays

Not without x-rays. They are a simple diagnostic study.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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