A fracture is a break in the bone. The average person experiences two fractures in their lifetime. The toes are the most common foot fracture. Ankle and foot fractures are common among athletes who exert a lot of pressure or stress on their feet. Runners, basketball players, and football players are at highest risk for foot fractures and broken ankles. Fractures also occur from accidents or anytime enough pressure is put against the bone to break it.
Fractures are very painful and require immediate treatment. In most cases, you cannot even walk on a broken foot or broken ankle. Different health conditions and advanced age can put your bones at a higher risk for fractures. Depending on the severity of the fracture treatment can range from rest to casting to surgery. If you think you might have a fractured foot or ankle, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our Belle Glade podiatrists, or our podiatrists at any one of our six locations, will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for your broken bones with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or complete the form below.
What is a Fracture?
Fracture is actually the medical term for a broken bone. It is one of the more well-known medical terms. There are different types of fractures and each type requires different treatment. An open fracture is the most severe type of bone break because it means the bone has torn through the skin. A closed fracture is a broken bone that does not protrude through the skin. A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the bone, and not necessarily a full break. Stress fractures are caused by overuse or repetitive actions such as running or jumping. Foot fractures and ankle fractures are the most common type of stress fractures because they bear the most weight. Track and field athletes are most likely to suffer from this type of fracture.
Symptoms of Fractures
The main symptom of a fracture is pain. Other symptoms include swelling, redness, and tenderness. These symptoms will increase without treatment or if you are on your feet and will ease up when you rest. Stress fractures may not have the same obvious symptoms as a broken bone; however, if you are experiencing pain, it is best to have it checked out because a stress fracture has the potential to break since the bone structure is weakened at that point.
Treatments for Fractures
Foot fracture treatments will vary depending on the severity of the bone fracture. An open fracture will need emergency treatment immediately and usually requires surgery. Other fractures might mean wearing a cast and staying off of your feet to allow the fracture to heal. Stress fractures sometimes do not need to be casted, but just require rest and caution. Pain medication is almost always a part of treatment for broken bones. Foot or ankle therapy might be recommended, as a part of the healing process, especially in cases where a foot or leg was in a cast for an extended period of time and rehabilitation of the muscles is necessary.
Diagnosing a Fracture
What can you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for treatment of a fracture? The South Florida Foot and Ankle Centers doctors’ first priority is to address your area of concern, make you feel comfortable, and relieve your pain. All of our foot doctors have specialized training and have a great deal of clinical experience so they are able to give you all of the information that you need to help you make an informed decision, understand the options, and be an active part of your treatment plan. Diagnosing a fracture means taking an x-ray, bone scan, or MRI to see the extent of the broken bone.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and treating fractures. We pride ourselves on providing a good experience during your office visits where you are involved in our plan of care.
Do these symptoms sound familiar? Contact South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers today for a comprehensive examination and treatment for foot and ankle fractures. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Belle Glade or at any one of our six locations throughout Palm Beach. Call 561-793-6170 to speak with a staff member or complete the appointment form below.