Is My Foot Bruised or Broken?

Is that foot bruised or broken? See your podiatrist to be certain!You just felt a terrible pain in your foot—you’ve dropped a weight on your toe, you’ve smashed your foot into the door. Now you want to know just how bad things are—is the foot broken or have you escaped with just a bruise?

To begin with, as a Houston podiatrist, I’ll say that if you think there is any chance that you have broken your foot, ankle or toe, you should come see me for some X-rays that can remove all doubt from the issue.

If, however, you need some help clearing things up in your own mind before making that call, I can give you some signs that will help you to decide just how severe your foot injury really is.

First of all, keep in mind that, even if you can walk on your foot and wiggle your toes after a painful foot injury, there is still a really good chance that you have broken a bone.

If you’re standing there after hurting yourself, trying not to cry and debating whether or not you need to see your podiatrist, remember these signs that indicate a likely break:

  • Bleeding under the toenail
  • An open cut on the foot or a bone poking through the skin
  • Swelling that is serious enough to make your shoes fit improperly
  • Pain around a joint that you suspect may be fractured
  • Bruises, swelling or pain that lasts more than a few days
  • Tenderness around the bone, not in the softer tissue are
  • Pain when your toe is pushed or pulled

If you have any of these signs of a likely fracture, schedule an appointment at Tanglewood Foot Specialists as soon as possible; walking on an untreated fracture could make the injury worse, perhaps even resulting in otherwise avoidable surgery. Don’t be afraid to see me for any painful foot injury—I’d rather see you for a badly bruised foot than tell you that you’ve compounded a fracture by leaving it untreated for too long. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.