How to Tell if Your Foot is Broken


Breaking a bone in your foot is quite a common occurrence, and there is usually a correlation between the location of a fracture and how the injury happened. A broken heel is often the result of landing hard after a high jump. Toes can suffer severe injuries if you kick something too hard or drop a heavy object on them.

These types of breaks occur suddenly, but a different kind of fracture that happens more gradually is called a stress fracture. Stress fractures can mimic other foot problems, so seeing your foot doctor is essential to getting the proper care.

Symptoms of a broken foot include often include the following:

●     Throbbing pain, swelling and bruising

●     In severe fractures, you will notice protruding bones, cuts, and bleeding

●     Putting weight on your foot is impossible or very painful

●     You can’t get your shoe on or off easily

The symptoms of a broken toe can be minor, while a broken heel bone is often very painful and debilitating.

To reduce pain and swelling prior to your doctor appointment, you can immobilize the foot with a makeshift splint and try to keep the foot elevated and stabilized. Apply ice to reduce swelling and take ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain. Use crutches or a wheelchair if needed.

If you are currently experiencing severe foot pain and suspect a fracture, contact your podiatrist right away. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 or our Metuchen office at (732) 744-0003 for an appointment.