Halle Berry Injured in Spain – Foot Fractures

Whether you keep a close eye on celebrity news or not, you have probably heard about Halle Berry's recent injury. She apparently was out enjoying a day off from filming her latest movie endeavor when she fractured a bone in her foot. We here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists don't have any further details as to how the injury occurred. If you are looking for any further gossip on the matter, you will have to find another website. Instead we were hoping we could use Ms. Berry's misfortune to discuss foot fractures and help you to educate yourself should you ever have a mishap of your own.

For most individuals, the foot is made up of 28 different bones. The fact that some individuals have accessory, or additional bones in the foot structure, is often inconsequential. These bones are of various shapes and sizes and often require a great amount of force to break. Since we do not know the details, we must assume Ms. Berry had a forceful slip and the fracture was due to trauma. If you were to go to the hospital or your Austin podiatrist's office with a suspected fracture that occurred during normal walking, they would likely draw your blood and closely examine your x-rays for changes in nutrition or abnormalities in the bone.

Your podiatric physician will determine through an exam of your x-rays, and the type and position of the fracture, whether it is stable or unstable, and displaced or non-displaced. These findings are import in order to provide the proper treatment, which will allow your bones the best chance of healing. Stable, non-displaced fractures are easily treated with immobilization in a cast or even a removable walking boot.  Unstable fractures whether there is a lot of separation (displacement) or not, may require surgery to insert pins and/or metal plates to stabilize the site as well a casting to allow proper healing. Either way, it is important to seek immediate medical attention for any suspected fracture, as Halle Berry did, to assure your body the best opportunity to heal.

Until next time, keep those feet and ankles happy and healthy, Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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