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What are the symptoms of a broken foot?
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Broken bones in the foot cause pain and swelling.
What kind of a doctor treats a broken foot?
A broken foot may be diagnosed by a general practitioner (family doctor, internist, pediatrician), or an emergency medicine doctor in a hospital. The person with the broken foot may be referred to a podiatrist (foot specialist) or an orthopedic surgeon (bone and joint specialist) for the care and further treatment of your broken foot depending on the severity of the injury or need for possible surgery.
When should you seek medical care for a broken foot?
It is important to see a doctor if you think you may have broken a bone in your foot. Go to an emergency department or urgent care center where X-rays can be performed.
For less severe injuries, your doctor may want to see you in the office. If you think you have broken your foot, and your doctor is not available by phone or is not calling you back, go to the emergency department to be examined.
Have someone bring you to the doctor or emergency department. Do not attempt to drive with a broken foot.
Go immediately to the nearest emergency department or call 911 if these conditions develop with a suspected broken foot:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2015
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