This 1 Belief is Actually a Dangerous Foot Myth

Don't assume you won't need a cast if you can move your foot--it could still be broken!As April (and with it, Foot Health Awareness month) comes to a close, I’d like to call your attention to one of the most dangerous foot myths around. So here it is:

If I can move my foot or ankle, it must not be fractured.

As you can probably tell from the title of the post, that is not, in fact, true.

You may very well be able to move your foot, toe or ankle, even if you’ve broken one of your bones. It will hurt, but you still could be capable of moving.

Here are the telltale signs to watch for that indicate you might have a broken foot:

  1. Immediate pain (throbbing)
  2. Swelling
  3. Bruising or Redness
  4. Tenderness to the touch
  5. Pain that is better when resting and worse when moving
  6. Change in shape of foot, toe or ankle
  7. Problems getting your shoe on or off

Here’s the important thing to remember after an injury: even just one of these signs could be an indication of a broken bone. The only way to definitively rule out or diagnose a broken foot, toe or ankle is to see your doctor as soon as possible after becoming injured.

In my Houston podiatry practice, I offer in house x-rays and treat broken bones with the highest level of care, with a far shorter wait time than you’d experience in a hospital emergency room.

If you experience searing pain immediately after a fall or other foot injury, there’s a good chance that you’ve sprained or broken something. Come see Dr. Andrew Schneider immediately so you can get on the path to a full recovery.


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