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With fall on its way, some new sports will soon come into season. Long-distance running, football, soccer, and basketball are all sports which at one time or another may cause the athlete to put a lot of weight on their feet and can cause a fracture. Often associated with falls, twisting or a high impact of a foot against a hard surface, a fracture of one of the foot bones is, unfortunately, more common than expected. 

What is a fracture? A fracture is another term for a broken bone and is usually very painful. If you are experiencing serious foot pain after falling unusually or abnormally twisting them, you will want to contact your podiatrist. They will immediately take an x-ray to determine if you have a fractured or broken foot.

Symptoms can include:

  • Severe pain – pain in your foot will be severe especially if you try to walk on it
  • Bruising – broken bones or fractures can often come with a bruise
  • Swelling – as a defense mechanism the body tries to create a natural ‘caste’ for the area thereby causing swelling

Home treatments include:

  • Splints – even the application of a pillow wrapped around the foot may help
  • Ice – the application of ice will help reduce swelling
  • Elevation – keeping your feet up will reduce the blood flow to the area and help reduce pain
  • Pain medicine – Tylenol or other types of pain relievers can also help. Make sure to use only as directed as overuse can seriously damage organs

Of course, the above treatments are short term until you get to your doctor. Your podiatrist will take x-rays and determine the next steps for treatment. They can include:

  • Crutches – used to help keep pressure off the foot while it heals
  • Flat bottomed shoes – in less extreme cases, flat bottomed shoes serve as a less dramatic ‘caste’ for healing
  • Castes and splints – open toed are more long term and provide for stabilizing the foot for healing
  • Surgery – used in more dramatic cases, surgery may be needed to remove the damaged bone or insert metal supports for proper growth and healing
  • No weight bearing – your feet must be allowed to heal on its own without pressure or impact

Recovery time could be weeks or months.

If you believe you or your child may be suffering from a foot fracture or if you have any other foot concerns, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the most appropriate treatment for your condition. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

We got the World Cup!  How inspiring this is for our little girls and boys.  With the spirit of competition and an active lifestyle, more parents encourage organized sports to their children.  We see younger kids on the fields more than ever.  This is great, however, parents must be aware of this fact: children are more likely to experience broken bones than adults.

Injuries resulting in a sprain to an adult are more likely to be a broken foot or ankle to a child as their ligaments and tendons are relatively stronger than their bones.   Though a child's forefoot is flexible and resilient to injuries, having a fractured bone in the foot or in one of their toes can be very painful.

The repetitive forces that children’s feet endure during practice might result in one of the foot fractures called a stress fracture.  These tiny cracks in the surface of the bones, if left untreated, may eventually lead to bone fractures.  

Other causes of a broken foot are having something hard or heavy dropped on the foot causing the bone to crush, excessive kicking on a hard object or surface resulting in a broken toe, landing on the feet from falling and breaking a heel, and abrupt movement that might twist an ankle.  If there is no shift in bone alignment, it is considered a stable or non-displaced fracture.  If the bone ends do not line up, then it is considered to be a displaced fracture. A closed fracture is when the bones do not show through the skin, otherwise, it is called an open fracture.

Seeing a child in so much pain can be nerve-wracking to a parent.  Examine the injured foot to check for broken bones by removing the shoes and socks from both feet and then compare them to see how much swelling and bruising are evident in the injured foot.  Look for any open wounds or cuts that might expose a broken bone and seek immediate medical advice when this happens. 

Servicing Union County and the Westfield area, our Digital x-ray on facility at Clark Podiatry Center located in Clark, NJ can help accurately diagnose a broken bone. Make an online appointment or call 732-382-3470 to consult with our foot specialist.  Brandon Macy, DPM will evaluate and treat the injury as well as assess for long lasting, growth-related damage of the fracture and the possibility of early degenerative joint changes as a child’s foot has basic differences to that of an adult.

There are 26 bones in our feet, around a quarter of all the bones in our body.   Your budding athlete needs all of them to be healthy and strong!



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