There are 28 bones in the foot. These bones support our body and allow us to run and walk. An injury to one of these bones can cause a fracture or “break” in the bone resulting in pain, redness, bruising and swelling. These are all signs and symptoms of a possible break in the bones. An x-ray of the foot and ankle can usually show if there is a problem from the injury. Your podiatrist at this point can determine the best course of treatment for your injury. Rest, icing, elevation and immobilization with a cast or boot may be needed to treat the injured foot or ankle. Surgical intervention may also be necessary in some cases to repair the fractured bone.