While your feet may be relatively small, there are plenty of small bones contained inside. In fact, one-fourth of all the bones in your body can be found in your feet. It’s important to note, however, that these bones are very small and they can be quite easy to break or fracture. Unlike a fractured arm or a fractured leg, a fracture in your foot can be much easier to deal with and treat. In fact, some fractures won’t be debilitating and will heal on their own without the assistance of a surgical procedure.
Stress or General
When you fracture a bone in your foot, it’s considered to be either a stress fracture or a general fracture. Stress fractures occur on the surface of the bone rather than extending through the bone itself. These can be caused by a number of things, but generally they stem from exercising too hard too quickly. If you’re suddenly running longer distances or changing up your workout drastically – a stress fracture could occur.
General fractures are referred to commonly as bone fractures, and they extend through the bone itself rather than just on the surface. Unlike stress fractures, these types of fractures are caused by direct trauma to the bone such as dropping something on your foot or moving in an unnatural manner. If the fracture comes through the skin, podiatrists refer to it as an “open” fracture.
The Complexity of the Foot
Because the foot has so many working parts in addition to the bones, sometimes fractures can lead to other issues. Tendons may often tear, and blood supply may even become disrupted, which may lead to delayed healing.
If you’re concerned that you have a fracture in your foot, it’s important to seek attention from a podiatric professional right away. We can be reached at 678-679-3300 to schedule your appointment.