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The Differences Between Breaks and Sprains

Many children often experience a broken ankle at some point in their growing years. When the ankle is injured, it may be difficult to differentiate between a break and a sprain. It’s important to take note of any swelling, pain, and general discomfort in addition to where it’s located. Any uncomfortable sensation occurring at the joint or surrounding tissue may be indicative of a sprain. An obvious sign of a broken ankle is a deformity of the bone, generally resulting from having endured a fall. Your child may experience several symptoms of a broken foot, including the inability to stand as a result of the pain and bruising that appears around the affected area. A proper diagnosis generally consists of having an X-ray performed to determine the severity of the break. If you think your child has broken their foot, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist for proper treatment options.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lancaster, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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