A foot fracture can cause intense pain, swelling, and other physical symptoms that limit what you can do. At Family Foot & Ankle Center, diagnostic imaging tests are available in the office to accurately identify fractured bones in your feet. The board-qualified foot and ankle surgeons specialize in nonsurgical and surgical treatments for adults and kids to heal fractured foot bones so that you can get back to sports and other activities. Call the Upland, California, office today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of a foot fracture or book an appointment online.

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What causes a foot fracture?

A foot fracture is a break in one or more of your foot bones. Fractures happen due to trauma to your foot from auto accidents, falls, and other such events. You can also experience a foot fracture when you step down from a curb incorrectly.

In some cases, stress fractures develop in the bones of your feet from repetitive movements required by certain sports or if you spend a lot of time standing and/or walking. Stress fractures are a common side effect of osteoporosis, a degenerative condition that weakens your bones, making them susceptible to breaks.

Family Foot & Ankle Center offers adults and children comprehensive care for foot fractures. The team uses advanced imaging technologies to identify foot fractures. They create a care plan to support the complete healing of your bones.

What are the symptoms of a foot fracture?

Foot fractures caused by an accident typically trigger immediate symptoms like:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Difficulty putting weight on the foot

Severe fractures can also cause visible deformities in the bone. In open fractures, the damaged bone breaks through the skin, causing a bleeding wound.

Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Family Foot & Ankle Center if you have foot pain or swelling that doesn’t get better with rest and over-the-counter medication.

Open fractures require immediate medical attention to prevent infection and other complications. Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room or trauma center right away.

How are foot fractures treated?

In most cases, the Family Foot & Ankle Center team will begin by recommending nonsurgical therapies like bracing or casting for minor fractures. These treatments temporarily immobilize the broken bone so that it has a chance to heal naturally. You might also need crutches or another assistive device to keep weight off the affected foot.

The providers will discuss surgery if you’ve suffered a severe foot fracture. They use minimally invasive techniques to stabilize the broken bone. They can place screws or other devices to hold the bone in place so that it can heal correctly.

As your foot fracture heals, the team will refer you for physical therapy to restore your foot’s range of motion. They can also provide preventive resources to lower your risk of fractures if you play sports, have osteoporosis, or spend a lot of time walking on hard surfaces.

Call Family Foot & Ankle Center today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for symptoms of a foot fracture or book an appointment online.