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Treating Broken Metatarsals

Treating Broken Metatarsals

Did you know that the bones of the feet – the metatarsals – are one of the most commonly broken bones in the human body? Since metatarsals run the length of the foot, a fractured metatarsal can make it virtually impossible to walk and stand. If you suspect you’ve broken a bone in your foot, you should see a podiatrist right away.

Broken metatarsals are commonly caused due to–

  • sports injuries
  • overuse and wear (stress fractures)
  • dropping a heavy item on the foot
  • slips and falls

Trauma to the foot can also cause a broken toe, the signs of which include –

  • hearing a snapping sound at the time of injury
  • severe and sudden pain in the toe right after impact or trauma
  • bruising or swelling of the
  • changes in the alignment or appearance of your toe

Treating Broken Metatarsals

A traumatic fracture can be treated with –

  • rest
  • splinting, or taping the affected toe
  • custom-made shoe inserts
  • wearing rigid footwear, such as a special shoe, that provides protection, support, and cushioning to the foot

If the break too severe, your podiatrist may recommend surgery, but that is rare. If you have suffered a stress fracture, you should avoid any activity that causes repetitive stress, to prevent worsening of the stress fracture.

If you are suffering from symptoms of a broken bone after a trauma, it’s time to consult a podiatrist. The sooner you seek treatment, the faster you can begin to recover.

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