An accident or a misstep can happen to the best of us. Tripping on your child’s toy left on the stairs, stepping in a hidden hole while walking the dog, or colliding with another player during a sports match can leave you hobbling with an aching foot. Now, some of us are “grin and bear it” types of people – you know who you are. The truth is, when it comes to an injury to your foot or ankle, any amount of pain is worth looking at.
Your foot is a complex part of your body with 26 bones and 33 joints. There are many parts and pieces that could give under the pressure of your daily activities or exercise, from the type of shoes you wear, or during an acute injury. Figuring out whether your painful foot is broken or just sprained is crucial in getting the right kind of treatment.
First of all, if you are in some serious pain, get off your feet. Walking on a fracture could seriously complicate the injury. A sprain can cause pain and swelling as well, but with rest, ice and elevation symptoms typically subside within a few days. Extreme and/or constant pain is often an indication of a more serious injury and likely a fracture. If you cannot place any weight on your foot and are unable to wiggle your toes, there is a good chance that a bone is broken. A stress fracture is a hairline break in a bone. It is possible to walk and even run on a foot with a stress fracture, but when foot pain does not subside it is imperative for the sake of your foot health to find out what is causing the pain.
If you have an injury that is obviously serious, seek immediate medical attention. With a more minor injury, administer home care methods of treatment, but don’t wait to seek treatment if your symptoms do not improve. At Family Foot Care & Surgery we have the resources to diagnose the exact cause of your pain and provide the treatment you will need. Contact Dr. Sanjay Patel for an appointment today in Milford, CT by calling (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055.