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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Common Myths about Foot Fractures | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Common Myths about Foot Fractures

One of the more frequent injuries we treat at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is foot fractures. When a break in the bone is severe, such as an open fracture where the bone actually penetrates the skin, seeking treatment is not something patients hesitate to do. However, there are many instances where fractures are not quite as obvious and patients often delay getting the necessary treatment because of myths that exist about broken bones in the feet. Here are few to watch out for:

Myth: Foot fractures are not that likely—after all how many bones are in the foot?

Fact: There are 26 bones in each of your feet—that’s nearly one fourth of all the bones in your body! These bones carry the weight of your entire body and are utilized in nearly every daily activity you can think of. There are also a number of complex bone structures in the foot that interact with tendons, muscles and ligaments making fractures in the foot a greater likelihood than in many other parts of the body.

Myth: Foot fractures are the result of a significant injury or trauma.

Fact: It is true that dropping a heavy object on your foot or getting injured playing a sport or in an accident are all situations where pain in your foot may cause you to think “fracture,” but there is another, more subtle type of fracture too. Stress fractures, which are tiny, hairline cracks in the surface of the bone, may not have a single, obvious event which caused them. Repeated use and pressure—sprinters pushing off with the same foot, ladder climbers, runners—are all susceptible to stress fractures which can start slowly and increase over time. Sudden increases in intensity of an exercise can also cause a stress fracture in the foot.

Myth: I twisted my ankle so it must be a sprain.

Fact: If you twist your ankle with enough force, you can fracture it. A twisting injury can also cause an avlusion fracture where a small piece of bone is pulled off a bone by a tendon or ligament. If you have pain, swelling and bruising after an ankle sprain that doesn’t seem to be improving after a few days, make an appointment to see one of our podiatrists: Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo or Dr. Rajan Patel to get it evaluated.

Myth: If I can walk on it, it must not be broken.

Fact: With a stress fracture and those due to ankle twisting injuries, you may be able to bear weight and walk on it. At our Aberdeen office, we have even seen patients who have sustained a more serious sports injury continue to play on a fractured foot. If your foot is in pain, don’t delay. Contact as soon as possible by calling: 732-566-2841.

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