Marc Gasol, the all-star center of Memphis Grizzlies, suffered a broken foot injury in a game against Portland Trail Blazers. He immediately underwent a successful surgery to repair the navicular bone in his right foot.
What is a broken foot injury?
A broken foot is a fracture or a crack in one of the bones in the foot. This type of injury requires immediate medical attention to avoid further complications. The human foot has 26 bones and is susceptible to injuries such as breaks or fractures. It is important that you consult with a podiatrist for the first signs of a foot injury. Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot pain and other types of foot conditions.
Foot Fracture Causes
Bones break when something happened that crushed, twisted, stretched, or bent the bones. Most bones break because of an accident. Broken foot injury occurs mostly in athletes, runners, soldiers, dancers, and gymnasts.
Broken foot symptoms
- The symptoms of the broken foot usually include:
- Deformity of the foot
- Pain that increases during an activity and decreases while at rest
Usually, the pain is so bad that one is unable to walk. The extent of injury can’t be determined by simply looking at it. Only an X-ray can determine the type of injury and treatment. The symptoms of broken foot and a sprain are similar and the only difference is the intensity of pain, swelling, and bruising.
Broken bone treatment
The location and severity of the injury will determine the kind of treatment a person with broken foot will undergo. Whether injury is mild or severe, the foot needs to be stabilized first. Even if you can walk with minimal pain, avoid putting weight on your injured foot. Your doctor may offer you some options that will help treat your broken foot such as crutches, casting, walking boot or wheelchair.
Splinting is another way to treat a broken foot at home. Make sure not to tape it too tightly. Your doctor will show you the proper way on how to splint your broken foot.
A shoe with a solid sole can provide additional support. The recovery period depend on how severe the injury is. Mostly, it will take six to eight weeks to heal.
How to prevent broken bone injury
Persons who are at risk should always wear an appropriate shoe that will protect their feet. When exercising, start slowly and do not force to do more than you can handle. Eating calcium rich foods will also help to strengthen your bones. At Charles A. Suleskey, DPM located in Venice, Florida, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot problems. To schedule an appointment call (941) 493-7999