Foot and ankle fractures are common and require immediate care to help get the bone set and start the healing process. The surgeons at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., with offices in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, and Westlake Village, California, specialize in fractures and can provide the care you need so you can get back in the game or back to doing the things you enjoy as quickly as possible. For fracture care, call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
A fracture is a break in your bone. You can break a foot or ankle bone by kicking an object too hard or from overuse or repetitive stress, such as the constant pounding of your feet against the basketball court as you run up and down.
There are two primary types of fractures:
A closed fracture is a broken bone that doesn’t break through the skin.
An open fracture is when the bone pierces the skin or the injury causes breaking of the skin as well as the bone.
Your specialist at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. determines if you have a fracture after conducting an examination and review of the activity that caused the injury. Your specialist will also order diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to get a better view of your bone and further assess the nature of your fracture.
If you have a foot or ankle fracture, you may experience a number of symptoms that should prompt you to seek immediate care. Common symptoms include:
Before you get to Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., you can protect your fracture from further injury by keeping your leg elevated and applying ice to the area.
Treatment for your fracture depends on the severity of your break. Treatment may include:
Casting helps keep your broken bones in a fixed position so they can heal.
Immobility is a major concern when you break a foot or ankle bone. A functional cast, such as a walking boot, gives you a little more freedom.
Traction is a technique your surgeon may need to use to align your bones using a gentle, pulling action.
With external fixation, your podiatrist places metal pins in your bone above and below the break and then holds it in place with a metal bar.
Open reduction and internal fixation is a surgical procedure in which your bones are realigned from within and held in place with screws and pins.
Depending on the severity of your break, it can take eight to 12 weeks for you to recover from your fracture. The specialists at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. will help you get back to doing the things you enjoy as quickly as they can.
For expert treatment for your foot or ankle fracture, call Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. or book an appointment online.