Signs of a Foot Fracture
Could pain in your foot be an indication that you have a fracture? Greensburg and Irwin, PA, podiatrists Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric share a few signs and symptoms that can occur if you have a foot fracture.
Did you experience pain immediately after you dropped a heavy can on your foot, jumped or fell? Pain due to a foot fracture can be constant or intermittent and may increase when you try to walk or put weight on your foot.
Swelling and bruising
Your body's natural healing mechanism leaps into action the second it detects an injury. Blood flow increases as white blood cells are sent to your foot in an attempt to repair the damage. Increased blood flow causes your foot to swell and is also responsible for the bruises you may see.
Numbness and tingling
Numbness and tingling may occur if you've damaged nerves in your foot.
Fractures can cause obvious changes to the structure of your feet. If you notice any deformities after an accident, call our Greensburg or Irwin office immediately.
Is the skin over your injury white, blue or purple? Color changes may occur if you've damaged blood vessels. Let us know right away if you notice these changes.
Even the lightest touch can send joints of pain through your body if you've fractured your foot. Wearing shoes, or even socks, may be very painful.
Pain and tenderness aren't the only reasons that walking is difficult when you have a fracture. If a bone is broken or a joint is dislocated, your foot may be incapable of supporting your weight. Trying to walk on the foot may actually worsen your injury.
Stress fracture symptoms
Foot fractures can also occur due to overuse injuries if you run or participate in other forms of exercise. Known as stress fractures, these injuries cause cracks in your bones. Stress fractures can affect any of the bones in your foot but may be more likely to injure your heel bone, ankle joint or the second and third metatarsals. Symptoms of a stress fracture include swelling, bruising, tenderness, and pain that gets better when you rest and increases when you stand, walk or exercise.
Foot fractures require prompt treatment to prevent chronic complications, such as arthritis or nerve damage. If you're worried that you may have broken a bone, let us know immediately. Schedule an appointment with podiatrists Drs. Cherrie and Todd Cindric by calling (724) 832-1000 for the Greensburg, PA, office or (724) 863-0996 for the Irwin office.