Break time! Everyone loves to hear those words after a long week of hard work. If you’re looking for a little theater entertainment this weekend, go see The Grapes of Wrath performed at the Sacramento Theatre Company until October 26. On the other hand, “break” is not a word you want to hear when talking about your foot. If you do suffer a broken foot, here’s some first aid pointers so you don’t injure yourself further.

This injury comes on quite suddenly, whether it’s brought on by sudden impact or a nagging stress fracture. If your foot is deformed, blue, cold, numb, in severe pain, or has a bone sticking out, please visit the emergency room immediately. If you’re alone, you should call 911.

Fractures can feel a lot like sprains—it’s important to tell the difference to ensure the right first aid. The difference exists in the severity of pain, swelling, and bruising. If you have a fracture, you may be unable to move your foot and you also may see a gross deformity.

Always err on the side of caution when first treating the area. Do not place weight on your foot until you see a doctor, even if it’s easy to walk without much pain. You could make the break worse by trying to place weight on it. If your injury is mild, call us to get advice on your next steps for treatment. You will most likely need to visit Dr. Brian McDowell as soon as possible to receive an X-ray or MRI that will give you a diagnosis.

We offer same-day service for traumatic injuries, so do not hesitate to call our office in Carmichael, CA, to receive treatment. To reach the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, put this number in your phone: (916) 961-3434. We can give you the best treatment and advice to get your feet back to full health. 

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