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Conditions-Fractures-Dr.-Salma-AzizA fracture is characterized by a crack or break in the bone. There are 26 bones in your feet, and you can experience a fracture in any one of them. Fractures are most commonly caused by trauma or overuse. Some of the most common types of fractures include: ankle fractures (caused by rolling inward or outward, and can be severe), fifth metatarsal fractures (a fracture of the long bone located on the outer part of the foot), and calcaneal fractures (a fracture of the heel bone).

Symptoms: The symptoms that you experience can vary according to the area your fracture is in. You may experience swelling, pain, bruising, and have difficulty walking. Blisters can also develop over the fracture site. In more severe cases, you could have a bone poking through your skin.

Non-Surgical Treatments: The treatment that will work best for you depends on how severe your fracture is. Not treating a fracture can result in chronic pain, infection, and even arthritis, so treatment is important. The R.I.C.E. method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) helps to relieve swelling and pain. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can also relieve pain. Your doctor might also suggest a cast or splint to keep your foot in place while the fracture heals.

Surgery: If your pain is severe, or the fracture is not healing on its own, surgery to repair the bone and surrounding soft tissues might be necessary.