This injury is caused by trauma from:
- Blows or object falling on the foot
- Severe twists
- Stress on a weakened bone
Symptoms may be:
- Swelling and bruising
- Numbness in the toes or foot
- Problems moving or walking
- Changes in the way the foot looks
How it is treated depends on whether the injury is mild or severe. Options may be:
Initial care may be:
- Ice to ease pain and swelling
- Medicine to ease pain
- A splint, walking boot, stiff-soled shoe, or cast to keep the bones of the foot in place as it heals
- Crutches to keep weight off of the foot
- Exercises to help with strength and motion
Children's bones have growth plates that let bones grow and harden with age. A child with this type of fracture will need to be checked over time to make sure the bone heals the right way and keeps growing.
Surgery may be needed for severe fractures or those that are not healing well.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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