Health problems that result in falls, such as
A sudden increase in activity
High-impact or repetitive sports, such as gymnastics, basketball, tennis, or running
Symptoms may be:
Swelling and bruising
Numbness in the toes or foot
Problems moving or walking
Changes in the way the foot looks
The doctor will ask about your symptoms, past health, and injury. An exam will be done, focusing on the foot.
Images of the foot may be taken. This can be done with x-rays.
How it is treated depends on whether the injury is mild or severe. Options may be:
Initial care may be:
Ice to ease pain and swelling
Medicine to ease pain
A splint, walking boot, stiff-soled shoe, or cast to keep the bones of the foot in place as it heals
Crutches to keep weight off of the foot
Exercises to help with strength and motion
Children's bones have growth plates that let bones grow and harden with age. A child with this type of fracture will need to be checked over time to make sure the bone heals the right way and keeps growing.
Surgery may be needed for severe fractures or those that are not healing well.
Most fractures are due to accidents. Healthy bones may prevent injury. This may be done through exercise.
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