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Fractures: A Podiatrist’s Guide to Getting Back on Your Feet

24 Jun Fractures: A Podiatrist’s Guide to Getting Back on Your Feet

A typical day involves plenty of steps, most of which take place without any accompanying incidents. Sometimes, however, a stumble or a forceful twist can lead to a painful fracture, and revering isn’t always easy or straightforward. Alta Ridge Foot Specialists has treated countless foot and ankle fractures, so our team knows how crucial it is to prepare properly and recover right. In the blog below, we’ll share some helpful information on these injuries and how to handle them.

Understanding Foot and Ankle Fractures

Foot and ankle fractures can occur in various bones, each with unique symptoms and healing times. Common varieties include:

  • Stress Fractures: Tiny hairline cracks caused by repetitive stress, often in athletes.
  • Ankle Fractures: Ranging from sprains to complete breaks, these can be tricky to diagnose.
  • Metatarsal Fractures: These breaks in the midfoot’s long bones often result from forceful impacts.
  • Toe Fractures: Stubbing a toe or a direct blow can fracture a toe bone, causing pain and discomfort.

Recognizing a Foot or Ankle Fracture

The telltale signs of a fracture can vary, but some common symptoms include:

  • Sudden, intense pain: This is the most immediate indicator.
  • Swelling and bruising: The area around the fracture will likely become swollen and discolored.
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight: Putting weight on the affected foot or ankle might be painful or impossible.

Seeking Professional Help: The Podiatrist’s Role

If you suspect a fracture, it’s crucial to seek professional medical attention. A podiatrist can conduct a thorough examination and use X-rays or other imaging tests to diagnose the exact type and severity of the fracture.

Treatment and Recovery

Treatment depends on the specific case. Immobilization with a cast or walking boot might be sufficient for some fractures. In other situations, surgery might be necessary to realign the broken bones and promote proper healing. Your podiatrist might recommend physical therapy to regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion, too.

At Alta Ridge Foot Specialists, Dr. W. Aaron BroylesDr. Robert L. Van BrederodeDr. Thomas Verla, and the rest of our staff at our Mars Hill, Spruce Pine, and Boone, NC, offices are here to help with any of your foot concerns. Contact us at one of our three locations today to make an appointment.