Foot Fracture

Elite Foot & Ankle Associates

Trevor J. Haynes, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM

Podiatrist located in Portland, OR & Sandy, OR

One-quarter of the bones in your body are found in your two feet (52 in total), which, unfortunately, leaves ample room for fractures. As a specialist in foot and ankle trauma, Dr. Trevor Haynes at Elite Foot & Ankle Associates has extensive experience repairing foot fractures, allowing his patients in Sandy and Portland, Oregon, to regain full use of their foot again. Call one of the offices or use the online scheduling form to request an appointment.

Foot Fracture Q & A

What is the anatomy of the foot?

Each of your feet contains 26 bones, including:

  • The 14 phalanges in your toes
  • The five metatarsals that connect the phalanges
  • The tarsal bones in your midfoot
  • The talus in your hindfoot

There are other, much smaller bones, but these represent the major groups of bones that come together to form your feet.

What causes foot fractures?

Fractures in your feet are often stress fractures due to overuse or repetitive stresses, which are common among athletes and active people. These fractures often develop in your third and fourth metatarsals, which are responsible for initiating movement (pushing off).

Fractures can also occur in your toes and forefoot, which are largely caused by contact or trauma — for example kicking a hard object or dropping something heavy onto your foot.

What are the symptoms of a foot fracture?

Whether due to acute trauma or repetitive stresses, fractures in your feet often feature the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to bear weight

With stress fractures, you may feel more pain while you’re using your feet, which subsides when you’re at rest.

How is a foot fracture diagnosed and treated?

When it comes to diagnosing foot fractures, Dr. Haynes uses the latest diagnostic tools to get a good look at what’s going on inside. While an X-ray is typically the first stop, the bones in your feet are so small that fractures may not be readily visible. If Dr. Haynes finds nothing conclusive on your X-ray, he may order an MRI, which provides a more detailed view of the bones in your feet.

If Dr. Haynes spots a fracture, his treatment depends on the severity, location, and size of the fracture. Typically, he starts out conservatively with the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). He also recommends over-the-counter medications for pain and inflammation.

If your fracture is severe and interferes with your mobility, Dr. Haynes may suggest casting or a boot to allow time for your fracture to heal. Depending upon the fracture, he may also turn to a surgical solution that brings your bones back together and keeps them in place with a fastener.

If you suspect you’ve fractured a bone in your foot, call Elite Foot & Ankle Associates or request an appointment using the online scheduler. To ensure you get the care you need, Elite Foot & Ankle Associates offers same-day appointments.