Our feet and ankles absorb a tremendous quantity of pressure and stress every day, which is why fractures of the feet and ankles are among the most common injuries treated by foot specialists.
Fractures are usually categorized as stress fractures or acute fractures
Stress fractures occur from repeated trauma on the feet and ankles over time. Since a stress fracture can be difficult to diagnose, it is best to see your podiatrist for the proper evaluation and treatment. Symptoms can be similar to those of other types of foot injuries (like metatarsalgia) and include severe pain with the application of weight, swelling, bruising and redness. Stress fractures frequently occur in individuals who have not been exercising and then greatly increase the intensity of a workout. Always start an exercise program slowly, and work your way up to a higher intensity over several months.
These are usually caused by an abrupt event in which the bone’s integrity is rapidly compromised. Acute fractures can occur in a variety of different ways, depending upon how much force is applied to the bone when the fracture occurs.
Some of the different types of acute fractures include:
- Compound fracture—This is one of the most severe types of fracture and includes an open break with bone protruding from the skin.
- Transverse fracture—a horizontal break.
- Stable fracture—when the bones are just slightly out of place.
- Comminuted fracture—This is a very severe fracture in which the bone has broken into several pieces.
See your foot doctor right away for foot and ankle fractures and treatment that can range from resting and icing for minor injuries to surgery, immobilization, and physical therapy for the more severe fractures. 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).