Foot fractures stem from shock and trauma to the bones in the feet. Athletes who repeatedly put stress on their feet, or who suddenly twist their feet during an activity are at risk for experiencing a fracture. However, the non-athletic among us are also at risk, as something as simple as a fall or dropping a heavy can on your foot from the kitchen cupboard can cause problems as well. Osteoporosis and age are two of the most significant factors, since the bones are more fragile and apt to break.
Foot fractures can be very painful. I know; I help people with the condition all the time. I would like to give you a few tips for proper treatment of a foot fracture. Foot fractures must be addressed as quickly as possible, preferably when the pain and swelling first begin. Not only can bones grow back together incorrectly, but foot fractures can turn into severe and chronic arthritis down the road if left untreated. Furthermore, putting repeated pressure on the fracture can result in a complete break. You need to get off of your feet as much as possible.
If you're looking for a foot doctor to help you with a suspected fracture, I'd love to assist you. I invite you to visit us at Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington at any of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett and Renton and let's take a look!