Fractures are full or partial breaks in a bone. Those that exist in the foot or ankle can be commonly recognized and treated together. In regards to an ankle fracture, the tibia (commonly known as the shinbone) and the fibula (located on the outside of the ankle) can become mild-to-severely injured. As for a foot fracture, the break occurs mostly in the second and third metatarsals – the area you feel the most impact in as you push off, walk or run. They are also common in the tibia and fibula, as mentioned above, in addition to the calcaneus (heel) and the navicular (the bone atop the mid-foot).
Causes of Foot and Ankle Fractures
There are a few different causes that may result in a foot or ankle fracture and they range from lifestyle choices to a change in routine. A sudden increase in physical activity, a different style of shoe and insufficient bone function are all leading causes. If you think you may be suffering from a foot and ankle fracture, be sure to note whether or not you have the following telltale symptoms of the injury: Pain that may extend from the foot to the knee, immediate or gradual bruising, the inability to walk, swelling and/or a deformation of the bony structure.
Treatment for Foot/Ankle Fractures
A doctor may recommend surgical or nonsurgical treatment, depending on the severity of the foot and ankle fracture. Regardless, we offer extensive post-operative, physical therapy and rehabilitation programs to get your feet and ankles back on the right track, so you can go back to living a pain-free life. After your doctor confirms that the fracture has healed (via X-rays), you can take advantage of the many programs that we offer. The earlier stages of rehabilitation consist of changing up rest days with active days – but as the injury improves, so will the pace of your physical therapy exercises.
Goal For Our Treatment
Our initial goal is to get you back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible and ultimately back to all activities of daily life whether that be climbing a ladder for work or running across a soccer field.