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Causes of Broken Heels

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Understanding the causes of a broken heel helps in recognizing the signs and seeking appropriate treatment. Fractures in the heel often result from significant force, such as falling from a height, a car accident, or a sports injury. Repetitive stress on the heel, which may develop from long-distance running, can lead to stress fractures in the heel. Symptoms of heel fractures include pain when touching and putting weight on it. Swelling and difficulty walking normally are other symptoms. A fracture of the heel bone may also cause internal bleeding, resulting in bruising after a day or so. To diagnose a broken heel, a podiatrist employs X-rays and sometimes CT scans. Treatment may involve wearing a cast or splint. Surgical intervention for severe cases and the use of assistive devices like canes and protective footwear during recovery may be prescribed. If you suspect a broken heel, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for proper evaluation and personalized care.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Yakima and Ellensburg, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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