Medical Definition of Broken foot

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Reviewed on 12/21/2018

Broken foot: Disruption of one or more of the 26 bones in the foot. Foot fractures account for 10% of all the broken bones in the body. Symptoms of a broken foot include pain, swelling, bruising, and tenderness. Bones of the foot can be broken because of a sudden injury, such as jumping from a height or a heavy object falling and landing on the foot. Foot fractures can also develop gradually over time, such as the result of the constant stress of walking or running. Treatment depends upon the location and severity of the break and may include immobilization, avoidance of weight bearing, medications for pain control, and, in some cases, surgery. Also known as a fracture, break, or crack of the foot.

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Reviewed on 12/21/2018