By Nrupa Shah
January 14, 2015
Category: Fractures

Justin Beiber started off the New Year on the wrong foot! While vacationing in Turks and Caicos, Beiber apparently broke his foot while playing soccer. There is no more information about how the 20-year old pop star is doing but he was witnessed going into the gym and working out (while on crutches of course) so appears to be doing fine. Furthermore, there is no relation as to what part of the foot he broke nor the complexity of the break.

Breaking your foot, although extremely painful, can almost be better than spraining your foot. Why? A broken bone can be “fixed”, say, through surgery. A sprain, on the other hand, can’t necessarily be fixed right away. A sprain is more of a self-limiting condition that takes a lot of ice, compression, and conservative treatment before being fully healed. Although both a sprain and a break take about 4-6 weeks to fully heal, a sprain can tend to be more bothersome to patients because of the extra work that goes into caring for them. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ are exceptionally skilled at treating lower extremity injuries such as sprain and breaks. Foot and ankle surgeons are able to use radiographic imaging (or x-rays) to help track the progress of the patients who have broken any part of their foot. Depending on the severity of the break, surgery may or may not be considered. In some cases, conservative treatment such as casting will work just fine. As mentioned earlier, sprains are usually treated with RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) for a period of 2-4 weeks and then the patient is re-evaluated.

Whether you have a sprain or a break, your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison NJ are exceptionally trained to treat either. Please do not hesitate to call our office and make an appointment because the sooner these conditions are treated the better results you will have in the future. Maybe you can be like Justin Beiber and workout the next day, who knows?!

By Nrupa Shah