3 Common Foot Fractures: Recognition and Recovery


Sometimes, a misstep leads to nothing more than a silly stumble before you readjust your gait. But other times, it might lead to a more painful surprise: A Fracture.

While any bone in your foot can break, three varieties of fractures are by far the most common. With that in mind, Syracuse Podiatry would like you to know how to recognize these painful injuries when they occur. That way, seeking prompt treatment from podiatrists dedicated to improving the quality of life through the treatment of foot and ankle disorders will be an easier choice to make!

  1. Metatarsal Fractures:

These cracks impact the five long bones connecting your toes to your midfoot. Often caused by dropping something heavy or stubbing your toe on a hard surface, these fractures present with:

  • Severe pain and swelling in the affected foot.
  • Difficulty bearing weight.
  • Bruising and discoloration.
  • Deformity in some cases.


  • Moderate cases: Non-surgical treatment with a cast or walking boot and physical therapy.
  • Severe cases: Surgery to realign bone fragments and stabilize the fracture with plates or screws.
  1. Talus Fractures:

This tricky fracture involves an ankle bone located between your shin bone and heel bone. Falls from heights or forceful twisting of the ankle are typical culprits. Symptoms include:


  • Immediate medical attention is crucial due to the risk of complications.
  • Initial treatment: Pain management, splinting, and weight-bearing restrictions.
  • Definitive treatment: Often, surgery is required to reposition the bone fragments and stabilize the fracture with pins, screws, or plates.
  1. Sesamoid Fractures:

Two pea-sized bones called sesamoids sit beneath your big toe, aiding in toe movement. Overuse from activities like running or ballet can fracture these tiny bones. Expect:

  • Pain under the big toe, especially when bending or pushing off.
  • Swelling and tenderness.
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight.


  • Early diagnosis and treatment are key to preventing complications.
  • Moderate cases: Casting or splinting with physical therapy.
  • Severe cases: Surgery to repair or remove the fractured sesamoid.

Interested in learning more about these typical yet stubborn injuries? Or perhaps you’re seeking guidance on a related issue? Look no further than Syracuse Podiatry, a practice with proven expertise in foot and ankle reconstructive surgery. Contact us now to schedule your appointment, and we’ll get to work getting you back on your feet and ready for whatever comes next!

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