The hottest (and strangest) trends emerge at the annual MTV Video Music Awards. This year viewers were awed by Nicki Minaj's candy raver outfit and Katy Perry's Asian-inspired ensemble. Lady Gaga actually came to the Awards as Jo Calderone, and did not break character all night. VMA house artist, Jessie J, wasn’t about to let a broken foot cramp her bizarre style.
The British pop artist showed up in a blinged-out walking boot studded with diamond jewels. No- she was not just sporting this accessory to make a fashion statement (as I’m sure other stars would do), but she fell off of stage during rehearsals for a show in London. Originally she was diagnosed with a ripped ligament, but later found she actually broke her left foot in two places. Before being diagnosed with the break, she spent two weeks walking and performing on the broken foot, making the injury even worse!
A broken, or fractured, bone in your foot is often painful, but rarely disabling. This is why many people who fracture their feet continue to walk on the broken foot, unknowingly causing additional complications, like Jessie J did.
There are two types of foot fractures: stress fractures and general bone fractures. Stress fractures usually occur in the bones of the toes and the middle of the foot. Stress fractures are like tiny cracks in the bone surface. They can happen with sudden increases in exercise (such as running or walking for longer distances or times), improper training techniques, or a change in surfaces. Stress fractures can be hard to diagnose because they don’t show up on x-ray for two weeks. Digital x-ray, like the machine in our office, can detect the stress fracture faster, which means quicker treatment and recovery.
Other types of fractures that extend through the bone and are called bone fractures. They may be stable, in which there is no shift in bone alignment, or displaced, in which the bone ends no longer line up properly. Bone fractures usually result from trauma, such as dropping a heavy object on your foot, or from a twisting injury.
Common symptoms for any type of foot fracture include pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. When in doubt- assume it’s broken! Seek medical attention immediately. It’s better to be safe than sorry- as Jessie J learned the hard way. Walking on a broken foot can cause further displacement (movement) of the bone, which can lead to no other treatment choice but surgery.