Foot and ankle fractures often cause severe pain and restrict your ability to move about. They require skilled care. Diagnosing and treating fractures is an area of specialty for Franklin Harry, DPM, ABMSP, and Tim Davydov, DPM, ABPM, of Best Foot Forward in Festus and St. Louis, Missouri. If you think you’ve fractured your foot or ankle, or you’re concerned about pain and other symptoms, call the Best Foot Forward office nearest you. You can also schedule an appointment online.
Foot and ankle fractures are breaks in the bones. A fracture is defined as any break in the bone. It includes everything from hairline cracks to comminuted fractures, where the bone has broken into three or more pieces.
When you think about the roles your feet and ankles play in supporting your body weight, enabling mobility, and reacting to changing terrain throughout each day, it’s no wonder that foot and ankle fractures are so common.
The fact that your feet and ankles sustain force and pressure during regular daily movements can make it hard for fractures to heal. The complexity of these relatively small structures also complicates healing.
Pain is the primary symptom of a fracture, but other symptoms can also indicate a broken bone. Knowing what to look for can help you decide when to seek professional care.
Symptoms of a fractured bone include:
Some people report hearing a distinct snapping or popping sound at the time of injury, which could point to a broken bone. It’s also important to understand that symptoms don’t always develop immediately after an injury. Some can take days, even weeks, to become noticeable.
Many things can cause foot and ankle fractures. Traumatic injuries and sports injuries are common causes. But even something as simple as walking into a piece of furniture, stepping awkwardly down a curb, or dropping something relatively light onto your foot can break one or more bones.
Because your feet and ankles comprise so many bones, and those bones vary in size and location, treating fractures depends on many things. At Best Foot Forward, the first step is a thorough diagnostic exam, including an X-ray when needed.
Some of the treatments that help heal broken bones in your foot and ankle include:
Physical therapy can help strengthen the foot and improve flexibility in the foot and ankle joints. Severe or complex fractures sometimes require surgery, including using medical plates, screws, or other devices to restore proper structural support.
Don’t just suffer from severe or lingering foot pain. Call Best Foot Forward to book a diagnostic exam to determine if treatment is needed. Online booking is available. You can also schedule over the phone.