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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Foot Bone Fractures May Be Warning Signs

Unexplained foot bone fractures may be the first subtle clue pointing to a condition known as osteoporosis. Affecting over 28 million Americans and contributing to 1.5 million bone fractures per year, this bone-thinning condition often advances unnoticed until a fracture occurs. Foot stress fractures are usually the result of overuse and pounding, common in runners and other athletes.  But they also may be the result of osteoporosis. As the bones become more porous, particularly in post-menopausal women, even routine activities like walking can become a potential trigger for fractures. However, osteoporosis can also affect younger individuals and men. Early symptoms may include heightened pain during walking, along with redness and swelling on the top of the foot. Ignoring any type of foot pain is discouraged, as early intervention significantly influences treatment outcomes. A podiatrist can play an important role in diagnosing osteoporosis through bone X-rays and various other tests. Custom orthotics may be recommended by a podiatrist to relieve pressure and provide shock absorption, especially during physical activity. If you experience unexplained foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and diagnosis, with treatment options to suit your needs.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Richard DiBacco, DPM from Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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