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A Complete Guide to Common Foot Injuries

foot injuriesThere are many types types of foot injuries you can sustain. Our feet make up over 25% of our body’s bones. There are 26 bones in each foot, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Each foot is a very complex structure that has a major job to do each day: provide support, balance and mobility.

With each step we take, we place our entire body weight onto our feet. This fact alone makes them prone to injuries. In fact, there is over 25,000 foot/ankle related injuries reported each day in the United States.

Plus, with more and more sports becoming popular and competitive, the number of foot injuries is increasing each year.

This section is dedicated to providing in-depth information about various foot injuries and foot problems. You will find out more about what each thing is, what its symptoms are, what causes it, how you are diagnosed, and treatment options that are available from the doctor and over-the-counter. All you have to do to get started is click on a title below.

Types of Foot Injuries:

  • Foot and Ankle Ultrasounds: Your Complete Guide

    Doctors use a number of different imaging procedures to look at the structures within our feet and ankles. One of the most commonly used of these procedures is foot and ankle ultrasound (also known as a sonogram), which uses high-frequency sound waves to form an image of the bones and other parts of the foot and ankle.

  • Foot And Ankle MRI — What You Should Know

    Magnetic resonance imaging, otherwise known as MRI, uses a combination of magnetic fields and radio waves to take images of the internal structures of your body. Your doctor, with the help of a radiologist, can then examine these images to determine whether there is anything wrong with your foot or ankle. MRI can provide more […]

  • A Puncture Wound in Your Foot – What You Can Do

    A puncture wound in your foot is nothing to take lightly, even if it is not deep. Many people who suffer small foot puncture wounds—such as may be incurred by stepping on a thumbtack—treat themselves at home rather than seeking medical attention. In some cases there is nothing wrong with this approach—one doesn’t go to […]

  • Your Complete Guide To Foot X-rays – What To Expect

    If you’ve injured your foot and your doctor suspects that a bone may be broken or fractured, he or she may want to take x-rays. In addition to determining whether bones have been broken or fractured, X-ray images can also be used to detect arthritis, osteoporosis, dislocations, or tumors.

  • Everything You Need to Know About a Lisfranc Injury

    A Lisfranc injury occurs when one or more of the metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus, which is a cluster of bones at the top of the foot, just below the ankle joint.

  • Frostbite of the Feet and Toes — What You Should Know

    Learn about frostbite of the feet and toes — how to prevent it and how to treat it.

  • Ankle Injuries: Info About Sprains, Strains, and Fractures

    Ankle injuries are extremely common. It’s estimated that approximately 25,000 people injure their ankles every day nationwide. This injury can occur to anyone of any age, male or female.

  • Ankle Fractures: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

    An ankle fracture occurs when there is either a partial or complete fracture in one of the ankle bones. Fractured ankles can range from mild to severe.

  • Cuboid Syndrome: Symptoms and Treatment Options

    This foot injury is usually seen in athletes of all ages. Read on to see if you are exhibiting symptoms of this condition.

  • Trench Foot – Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

    Learn how this injury can affect you and your mobility, plus prevention tips and more.

  • Stress Fracture of the Foot – What You Can Do

    If you receive this injury, you may not think its severe enough to seek medical attention. Find out why the opposite is true, plus much more info including treatment options, symptoms to watch for and causes.

  • Metatarsal Fracture — Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

    Learn about the different types of fractures your metatarsal bones are prone to and why. Plus learn more about the treatment, symptoms and causes of these injuries.

  • What You Need To Know About Foot Drop

    If you suffer from difficulties lifting your feet off the ground when you walk, you may have foot drop. Generally, this is caused by an underlying condition that affects the muscles or nerves and leads to foot drop.

  • Broken Foot: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

    The severity of a broken foot determines things like recovery time, treatment and activity levels. Learn more about the symptoms, causes and treatment options for a broken foot.

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There are five metatarsals in all. The metatarsals are the long bones located in our feet, between the tarsal (ankle) bones and the phalanges (toes).

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