Injury to the foot can occur at any time and determining whether it is a mild or serious injury can be tricky. When you have an injury to your foot with serious pain or discomfort, it is best to seek medical attention to identify the extent of the injury. Since the severity of a broken foot can vary, it is important to find out if the pain you are feeling is due to a fracture or break or just bruising.
Common Symptoms of a Broken Foot
Pain, bruising and swelling are usually present when a foot is injured. But other symptoms can be present as well. These include tenderness, problems walking or putting weight on the foot, and if there is a deformity of the foot, you know it is broken. If the foot is facing the wrong direction, or if there is a bone sticking out of the skin, you need to get immediate medical attention.
Sprain or Broken Foot
In some instances, a foot may be sprained instead of broken. It can be difficult to determine which is the case because symptoms of both are similar. One difference is that a broken foot can be more painful than a sprain and the pain will last longer. A broken foot also tends to have more severe swelling, bruising and tenderness.
Sometimes the sound of the injury can indicate whether it is a sprain or a break. Sprains tend to have a popping sound while a break will produce a cracking sound. Not all injuries will produce a sound you can identify. It is better to get the conclusive evidence of a doctor’s report so the injury can be properly treated.
When to See a Doctor
If you think you have sustained a fracture, you should see the doctor as soon as possible. Putting off the examination can lead to serious complications. An untreated fracture could lead to infection. Damage to the bone can also create permanent changes to the shape of your foot. Seek medical attention if:
- You think your foot is broken
- Symptoms get worse
- Pain and swelling continue to increase
- Numbness and circulation problems develop in the foot
- Your foot turns blue and gets cold
- You can see a bone sticking out of the skin
- Your foot is turned in an unnatural direction
- You can’t stand or walk on the foot
- You notice red streaks or redness around the injury
Keep in mind that not everyone experiences high levels of pain when they have a fracture. You may not have severe swelling either, so it is prudent to seek medical attention even if you think your foot injury is minor.
At Clear Wellness, we offer the help you need to get you back on your feet again. Call us to schedule an appointment.