Breaking the top of the foot is a common injury for many people, especially those who regularly play sport or engage in any other practice that risks impact. There are a great many bones in the foot, but the most common fracture is to one of the metatarsals, which are connected to each toe at the top of the foot. It’s usually possible to make a full recovery from a broken foot in around eight weeks, using the services of the NHS or a private physiotherapist.
How Do You Know if You Have a Broken Foot?
As with many broken bones, pain is a key identifier of a broken foot. If the top of the foot is extremely sore and tender to the touch, possibly even so much that it’s very difficult or impossible to place enough weight on the foot to walk, there could be a break to the top of the foot. Broken foot symptoms are similar to those of a strain, which may actually be even more painful in the short term. One way of differentiating between a sprain and broken foot symptoms is to apply ice to the top of the foot; in the event of a sprain, the pain and swelling will subside.
What Broken Foot Treatment is Available on the NHS?
In the event of suspected broken foot, NHS doctors and nurses should be the first port of call. The injured area will be assessed with scans to confirm that the top of the foot is broken as opposed to bruised or strained, and necessary treatment will be prescribed. This may simply revolve being told to rest the foot and keep it elevated, walking on crutches to keep weight off the foot, or it could result in the need of a medical boot to keep the bones in place. Surgery will not be necessary unless the broken top of the foot has a domino effect on other parts of the lower body. If you require further help, contact Medical Expert for information on private healthcare assistance that you may be entitled to without charge.
Can I Do Anything Else for my Broken Foot?
You certainly can – exercises assigned by a physical therapist can speed up the process of healing the broken bone in the top of your foot, and ensure that your foot heals appropriately and does not leave you immobilized for any prolonged period of time upon recovery. If you are interested in finding a physiotherapist close to you, get in touch with Medical Expert. We will be able to locate any complementary treatment outside of the NHS that you may be entitled to.
What is a Common Cause of Broken Foot?
With 26 different bones in the foot, there is plenty of risk of a broken top of the foot over the course of a lifetime. Sometimes these are as a result of stress fractures, such as those experienced by athletes or hikers that place a great deal of pressure on their feet (quality running shoes or walking boots will usually help prevent this), but impact injuries are also common – potentially due to dropping something heavy on the top of the foot, or colliding with a solid object.
Contact Us to Find Out if You Qualify for Free Private Treatment
The NHS do great work for people struggling with a broken foot, but there is still more than can be done to minimise the impact this injury will have on your quality of life. Call us on 020 3870 4868 and we’ll take a look at your situation tailored entirely to your needs, including free physio that you may not know that you’re entitled to or access to medications that will help manage any pain and discomfort that you’re experiencing.