Broken Foot (cont.)
Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
In this Article
- What is the structure of the foot?
- What are the causes of a broken foot?
- What are the symptoms of a broken foot?
- When should I call the doctor for foot pain?
- How is a broken foot diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for a broken foot?
- What are the complications of a broken foot?
- Can a broken foot be prevented?
- Broken Foot At A Glance
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Broken Foot at a Glance
- The bones in the foot may be broken in many ways including direct blows,
crush injuries, falls and overuse or stress.
- Initial treatment may include RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
- X-rays often help make the diagnosis but bone scan or
computerized tomography may be needed to help visualize the injury.
- Treatment of foot fractures depend upon which bone is broken but many
fractures are treated with a compression dressing, a stiff- soled shoe, and
weight bearing as tolerated.
- Some foot fractures require surgery to repair the damage.
- Complications of foot fractures include non-union at the fracture site, arthritis if a joint is involved, and infection if the skin is broken.
Last Editorial Review: 7/15/2009
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