There are several types of fractures that can affect the feet and ankles, and an avulsion fracture is one such condition that more frequently affects younger athletes. This fracture is characterized by the fact that a small piece of bone tears away with an injured ligament, often striking the elbows, hips, and ankles.
The bones and ligaments of youngsters are still proceeding with the development process and are more prone to experiencing this type of fracture. Usually, with the less severe avulsion tears, they can often be treated with the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Severe injuries to the foot or ankle will require reattachment by a foot specialist using pins, screws, or other hardware.
Symptoms of a foot fracture include:
- If you hear a popping or cracking sound, immediately followed by severe pain, you have broken your foot.
- Swelling, bruising, and tenderness will increase greatly at the site of the pain.
- You won’t be able to bear weight on the affected foot.
- Taking your shoes off or putting them on will be painful and difficult.
- Any protrusion and/or bleeding should be addressed immediately by your doctor.
Since soft tissue damage and hairline fractures may not be abundantly obvious, it is important to have your foot specialist perform imaging studies to see if there is any hidden damage. Immobilization of the foot with a rigid boot may be required for proper healing to occur. When the boot is no longer required, it will be very important to follow a program of physical therapy to slowly increase strength and flexibility without causing a reinjury.
If you suspect you may have complications from a foot fracture, the foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).