Maybe you were out running or making a jump shot while shooting hoops when you felt the sharp pain. You even could have stubbed your toe against a block or chair, or twisted your foot a little too sharply. However, it happened, a forefoot fracture is painful and can weaken your foot’s effectiveness. Fortunately, these breaks don’t have to be serious. Often, they can recover completely without additional problems through conservative care and monitoring.
Pain and Recovery
When you break a toe or metatarsal, the pain is immediate. Walking may still be possible if the injury was not initially severe, especially if it is just a toe, but it will be uncomfortable and can be made worse if you continue to use the affected foot. The area around the bone will swell and may hurt to touch. Sometimes there is also bruising. Seeking treatment for the pain as soon as possible is important. Letting it go risks the break becoming worse, or healing incorrectly and developing arthritis and chronic pain later.
Healing requires that your foot rest for a period of time while the bone recovers. You will need to reduce or eliminate pressure on your foot for a little while. If the break is serious or displaced, it will need to be immobilized in a special shoe, boot, or even a cast. For a broken toe, the affected digit may be taped to its neighbor for extra support while it repairs. You may or may not need crutches for walking, depending on your pain and whether or not your foot can handle weight.
As you recover, Dr. Trent Timson may request additional x-rays to be sure the fracture has healed completely. You will then be able to use the foot slowly over time, reconditioning it to handle your activities.
If you think you may have a forefoot fracture, don’t ignore it and let the problem either get worse or heal incorrectly. It will only cause you more pain later. Though it does take some time to heal, a foot returned to its full strength is better than a weakened one that continues to be uncomfortable long after the typical recovery time. For more information or an appointment, contact Community Foot Clinic of McPherson. You can reach our office by visiting the website contact page or by calling (620) 241-3313.
A forefoot fracture is a break in the bones of the front part of the foot, which includes anywhere from the metatarsals forward into the toes. The break can be serious—the ends of the bones become displaced and no longer line up, or even poke through the skin—but more often it is a small, contained break. Still, whether it is a big fracture or a small one, the injury is painful. It makes it hard to support weight when standing or pushing off the ground. It also destabilizes and weakens your foundation.
Usually, this kind of fracture is related to a traumatic injury, like dropping something on your foot, stubbing your toe really hard, or twisting your foot incorrectly during an activity. Dr. Trent Timson will need x-rays or other diagnostic images to determine exactly which bone is damaged and to what extent. Once that has been determined, he will help you decide on the best way to remedy your injury.