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Since I can walk on it, does that mean it isn't broken?

Although a fracture will often limit the ability to walk on a foot or ankle, amount of fracture and levels of pain are individual.  In otherwords, some people handle pain easier than others.  With this understanding, there is a high risk of fracture if you are unable to walk on a foot, but even this is no guarantee.   Here are three keys to remember:

1.  X-ray is the only way to confirm or refute a fracture.   If the x-ray is high quality (as in digital x-rays in our office for example), no fracture on x-ray is about 99% sure that even a stress fracture doesn't exist.

2.  Stress fractures hurt, but can usually be walked on.

3.  Severe sprains or strains may also limit your ability to walk, even in the absence of a fracture.

If there is any concern that you may be fractured, (especially if pain is not improving) it is recommended you see a foot or ankle specialist ASAP.

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
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Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute

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