Jennie Garth Broke Her Foot...It Can Happen To You Too

Beverly Hills 90210's Jennie Garth is recovering from a broken foot. She's the next in high profile celebrity injuries. What is particularly interesting about her story, however, is how uneventful it really was. Reports are that she was home and carrying her baby. She went to answer the door, stumbled, and twisted her foot which led to the break. Is there anyone reading this who honestly can saw they've never done something similar?

It doesn't take much to break a bone. Sometimes a quick twist of the ankle is enough to cause a major fracture in the foot. Walking to the bathroom in the dark and tripping over the kids' toys. Knocking the toe on the furniture. It has happened to us all. Because of that, it's very easy to dismiss it as something that will go away quickly.

But what if it doesn't. Some of these injuries can become quite serious. A twisted ankle, for instance, can lead to a fracture of the base of the fifth metatarsal bone. If this fracture is not immobilized quickly, it can displace and require surgery to get it healed. Even a broken toe should be examined with an x-ray to make sure it is not displaced. If it is, it is important to address it before it starts to heal on its own or the treatment later on will become more complicated.

It sounds like Jennie is getting the treatment she needs. Let's learn from her good example and take care of our minor injuries...before they become major ones.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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