Foot and ankle fractures
Foot and ankle fractures: small bones, big problems
Foot and ankle bone fractures are particularly dangerous. Unlike a broken arm or leg, there may not be enormous pain or the sheer and immediate drama of a bone sticking through flesh or clearly bent at an otherwise impossible angle. Indeed, many people who suffer from a broken bone in their foot or ankle just assume it is a bruise or a sprain or something manageable. This can be a very dangerous situation.
Of course, there are sometimes very painful situations where there are broken bones in the feet or ankles, and those lead people to the hospital immediately. But the smaller ones can also prove to be debilitating in the short and long-term unless they are treated right away. That’s why it is important not to chance it, and if something seems to happen, go to a dedicated and talented podiatric facility like the Center for Podiatric Health and Sports Medicine. Our compassionate doctors have decades of experience and use the latest equipment to properly diagnose your injury, and form a treatment regime that works best for your unique condition.
Treatments for a foot or ankle fracture
Our doctors will do what is best for you. Some treatments include:
- Fracture reduction: the ends of the bones will be lined up so they can heal together
- Surgery- using metal plates or screws to reattach the bones
- Rest afterwards
- Boots or orthotics
The important thing with foot or ankle fractures is not to delay. You might try to “tough it out” in order to keep playing your sport, or even just to avoid what you see as the inconvenience of surgery and recovery, but the long-term effects will be much worse. At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we treat you so that you can get back on your field, and on the field, as soon as possible.
If you have suffered a foot or ankle fracture or suffer from a long-term condition, please come in and see the dedicated and expert staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Contact us to find out more!