Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers!

Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Dr. Stephanie Carollo provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk about your foot pain, call Dr. Stephanie Carollo’s office at (586) 298-1585.

Foot Fractures

Q: Is it true that toe fractures are no big deal, and that you don’t do anything for them?

A: NO.  It’s important to have your fracture evaluated, because sometimes the break causes the bone(s) to shift or move out of place, and this could cause the fracture to heal in a misaligned way, or cause it not to heal at all (which can lead to prolonged pain, swelling, etc.)  Most fractures remain in adequate alignment, but if not, they may be need to be realigned (typically in the office.)  We also place people in a surgical shoe to help allow the fracture to heal properly.  Even if the trauma did not result in a fracture, this special shoe can help to immobilize the area after your injury.

Q: Is it true that I can’t have a broken bone because I can still walk on my foot?

A: No.  Just because you can walk after an injury, this does not mean that you can’t have a fracture/broken bone.  There are 26 bones in each foot, and you actually CAN have a broken bone/fracture and still be able to walk.  Walking on a broken bone can lead to problems, including worsening of the fracture and/or non-healing.  Foot fractures need some type of immobilization (and sometimes even surgery if poorly aligned) in order to heal properly.

Q: What causes pain in the ball of the foot?

A: There are many conditions that can cause pain in the ball of the foot.  These include capsulitis, metatarsalgia, stress fractures, hammertoes, neuromas, loss of fat padding that is supposed to be present in this area, calluses, fractures, or plantar warts.  In addition, people with a high arched foot often have more pressure on the ball of the foot which can lead to pain in this area, and this can also occur in people with feet that are too mobile, or who have with bones that are longer or shorter than the adjacent bones.

Q: What is a stress fracture?

A: Stress fractures are a type of fracture that can occur in the lower limbs from sports or repetitive force to the area. There a number of factors that make people more likely to suffer a stress fracture, including osteoporosis, flat feet, running long distances and having high, rigid arches.  You can help prevent stress fractures by modifying your running equipment and running regimen.  Stress fractures require immobilization, so it’s important to have any persistent pain evaluated so that treatment can be instituted that will allow for proper healing to occur.