11 Aug 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 –
- 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.