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Foot Fractures

A fracture in the foot can occur in one or more of the bones, and can occur in conjunction with soft tissue injuries.  The foot consists of 28 bones: calcaneus (heel bone), talus (part of ankle), navicular, cuboid, three cuneiform bones, five metatarsals (midfoot bones), 14 phalanges and two sesamoids.


If you have suffered a fracture in your foot, it is likely that something fell on your foot, you dropped from a height or suffered a twisting type injury.  Often times a loud snap is heard followed by immediate pain.  Other symptoms include moderate to significant swelling and bruising, point tenderness, inability to walk or an obvious deformity compared to the uninjured side.  The best way to diagnose a foot fracture is x-ray.  In general, the majority of foot fractures can be treated non-operatively with either boot or cast immobilization.  Weight bearing will be determined by the location and severity of the fracture.  Your doctor can properly identify the type of fracture and determine the appropriate course of treatment.