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If you have foot pain or suspect that a bone in your toe or foot has been broken, call your doctor. Since you may be able to walk even if a foot bone has been fractured, particularly if it is a chipped bone or a toe fractur, do not wait.

Diagnosis of foot pain may include the following:

Initial Evaluation —Your doctor will review your medical history. You will be asked questions about your foot pain, daily activities, and any present or prior injuries.

Physical Exam —Your doctor will examine your feet. Many foot problems are visible or felt during an exam.

Imaging Studies

  • X-rays—Can identify problems, such as arthritis, bone spurs, fractures, bone tumors, and metallic foreign bodies.
  • MRI scan—Can look at other structures in the foot that may be causing pain.
  • CT scan—may be used as follow up for healed fratures or rigid flat feet
  • Ultrasound—especially for joint or soft tissue damage

References:

Foot care. American Diabetes Association website. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/foot-complications/foot-care.html . Accessed December 28, 2012.

Foot care. National Institute on Aging website. Available at: http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/foot-care . Updated April 18, 2012. Accessed December 28, 2012.

Foot care 101. American Podiatric Medical Association site. Available at: http://www.apma.org/files/FileDownloads/myFEETFootCare101.pdf . Accessed December 28, 2012.

Foot care basics: preventing and treating common foot conditions. Harvard Medical School website. Available at: http://www.health.harvard.edu/special_health_reports/Foot_Care_Basics . Accessed December 28, 2012.

2/13/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: American College of Radiology ACR Appropriateness Criteria. ACR 2013.



Last reviewed February 2014 by Michael Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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