Bone Injury (Fractures)

A single foot contains 26 bones, any of which can be linked to a source of discomfort. A bone injury can affect the shape, balance or function of the foot. When a foot is fractured, the site of the fracture is usually painful and swollen. The location of the fracture will determine the course of treatment. Many foot fractures do not require surgery or even a cast as they will heal on their own with some support.


Bones usually break when something happens to crush, bend, twist, or stretch the bone.

  • Toes are often broken when you accidentally kick something hard.
  • Heels are often broken when you fall from a height and land on your feet.
  • Other bones in the foot sometimes break when you twist or sprain an ankle.


Potential Treatments

It is important to see a doctor any time you think you may have broken a bone in your foot. Please go immediately to an emergency department.

For less severe injuries your doctor may want to see you in the office or may recommend you visit the emergency room. If you think you have broken your foot and your doctor is not available by phone, it is reasonable to go to the emergency department to be examined.

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