A fracture is a bone break that can range from minor to severe. Many types of fractures exist that can affect the feet. Some cause severe pain that instantly diminishes your mobility, while others may lead to gradual discomfort. Prompt care for a foot or ankle fracture is essential to preserve your mobility and prevent complications.
While various fractures can damage the feet and ankles, the most common are:
A stress fracture typically develops gradually from repetitive pressure. Athletes involved in sports that place stress on the feet, such as runners, gymnasts, and soccer players, are particularly prone to these fractures.
Each of your toes play a role in your gait, movement, posture, and balance. Damage to the toes can impact your ability to walk without aid. Most toe fractures occur from accidents or injuries, such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on your foot.
Metatarsals are the long bones that connect your toes to your foot. While stress fractures of the midfoot can affect the metatarsals, most fractures in this area result from sudden injuries, such as dropping a heavy object or falling at an awkward angle.
An ankle fracture often results from a painful injury that causes you to twist awkwardly and lose your balance. Car accidents, falls, and ankle instability can all cause ankle fractures. Stress fractures can also lead to a broken ankle if you frequently participate in weight-bearing activities.
Heel bone fractures can be debilitating. Most result from extreme force, such as a fall or car crash. Severe heel bone fractures can even cause the heel to shorten and impact your gait.
Dr. Kassab uses a multifaceted approach to treat fractures and prevent reinjury. Some of the most common fracture treatments she recommends include:
To learn more about foot and ankle fractures, call Bloomfield Family Footcare or schedule an appointment online today.