Amazingly, perhaps, almost a quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet. So, perhaps it’s not surprising that fractured foot bones are very common. Most of the time, these injuries heal without operative treatment.

Foot fractures usually fall into one of two categories: stress fractures and general bone fractures. Stress fractures usually occur in the bones of the forefoot (from the middle foot to the toes), while stress fractures are small cracks in the bone surface.  Most other types of fractures extend through the bone, and are called bone fractures. These usually result from severe trauma, such as crushing or twisting.

Some other, more specific, types of fracture can also occur. For example, there is an injury to the ankle area, known as a Jones fracture, which occurs near the base of the bone and disrupts its blood supply. This injury may take longer to heal or require surgery.

Common symptoms for any type of foot fracture includes pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. Be sure to seek medical attention for any suspected foot fracture.