Other Foot Fractures
Besides broken ankles, we also see and treat:
- Heel fractures. The heel bone can break as a result of a high-force impact, usually from an auto accident.
- Broken toes and forefoot fractures. These are common with certain sports and activities, as well as from accidentally dropping heavy objects.
- Midfoot fractures. Bones that support the arch are most likely to break and crack during twists, stumbles, and falls. They can also be mistaken for bad sprains, so don’t underestimate pain on the top of your foot or through your arch.
- Stress fractures. These are tiny, even microscopic cracks in the surface of bones that occur not as the result of a single injury, but from repetitive activity. They are common among avid runners and athletes—especially those who suddenly increase their activity levels—and are usually located in the second and third metatarsal bones toward the middle of your foot (although they can occur anywhere).
Fractures of all types can vary in type and severity, from open and compound (meaning the skin has been pierced by bone), to those that have shattered the bone into three or more pieces, to relatively stable and minor cracks.