Broken Foot (cont.)

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Can a broken foot be prevented?

The foot is placed under considerable stress on a daily basis, absorbing the pounding of walking, running, and jumping. Poorly-constructed and -cushioned shoes and obesity help contribute to stress fractures and general instability of the foot.

High-impact sports that include twisting and direct blows to the feet increase the risk of fracture. Appropriate protective equipment will help decrease the risk of injury.

Certain occupations increase the risk of foot injury. These include the construction trades in which weights may be dropped on a foot, or falls from height may occur.

People with osteoporosis or peripheral neuropathy may have increased risk of foot injury. For these people, it is important to decrease the clutter around the house to prevent injury from falling. It is also helpful to limit the number of throw rugs in a home that can cause a person to trip and fall.

REFERENCE:

UpToDate. Toe fractures in adults.

UpToDate. Foot fractures (other than metatarsal or phalangeal) in children.

UpToDate. Metatarsal and toe fractures in children.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2013

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