If you’re experiencing sharp pain in your foot, you might be suffering from a fracture. At Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. in southern California, Ahmed Bata, MD, offers the most advanced treatment and care. You can visit either of the two locations in Loma Linda and Riverside. To request an evaluation, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
A foot fracture is when injury happens to the bones in the foot, causing tiny cracks or larger breaks. In severe cases, the bones can break out of your body, piercing your skin. Treatment for a fracture depends on the severity and location of the break.
A foot fracture may occur for a host of reasons, such as a fall, car accident, or dropping something on your foot. Dr. Bata diagnoses the fracture through a physical exam and with the help of imaging, such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI.
If you’re limping or feel pain in your foot, you could be suffering from a fracture. Other symptoms include:
If a bone has shifted out of place, it may break through the skin or cause a deformed appearance under the skin.
One of the most common types of fracture is called a stress fracture, which may happen in the bones of the forefoot. It occurs when there’s increased physical activity, such as training for a marathon.
If you have diabetes, it’s possible you won’t feel any pain from a fracture, which is why it’s important to check your feet daily for signs of injury.
Stress fractures are treated with rest from sports and any other strenuous activity that could aggravate the affected area. Dr. Bata monitors this closely to ensure you get the best outcome.
Other forms of treatment involve immobilizing the broken bone. You may need to have your foot taped or wear a brace or cast. Conservative treatments are highly effective at healing some fractures. In some cases, more severe fractures require surgery for proper alignment of the broken bone so it can heal properly and return the foot to full function.
If you’re suffering from foot pain caused by a fracture, you can receive immediate attention at Nile Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Association, Inc. You receive individualized care with a treatment plan that’s based on your specific needs. Call the nearest office or book your appointment online today.