Trauma & Fractures
Comprehensive Care for Foot and Ankle Fractures
There are 26 bones and 33 joints in the human foot, including more than 100 supportive tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The ankle joint, toes, and metatarsals (the bones located between the toes and the midfoot area) are among the most likely to break.
Car accidents, falls, and sports injuries are the most common causes of foot trauma and fracture. In addition, certain medical conditions such as arthritis can weaken bones, making them more likely to sustain a fracture.
If you’ve suffered trauma to the foot or fractured bones of the foot or ankle, it is usually obvious: you may feel immediate pain and throbbing, notice swelling, and find it difficult to walk or stand on the affected foot.
Fractures are more than just a broken bone. If you fracture a bone in your foot and the skin breaks, you run the risk of developing a bone infection. Foot fractures can also lead to nerve or blood vessel complications.
You should see a doctor immediately if you suspect you have fractured a bone in your foot or ankle, no matter how mild your symptoms. By visiting a skilled and experienced podiatrist to treat your foot or ankle injury, you ensure the best possible care by an expert in the field.
Treatment will depend on the type and extent of your injury. For example, stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone usually due to repetitive stress, and they may be able to heal on their own. However, when there is a significant break in the bones of your foot or ankle, immobilization or surgery is often needed to ensure proper healing.
A splint, cast, or walking boot may be required to immobilize the area during your recovery period. In addition, your doctor will likely advise against putting weight on the injured foot.
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When you injure your foot – whether by accident, a sports injury, or chronic health condition – see the experts at The Podiatry Group of South Texas to get the best possible care. Call the location nearest you for more information or request an appointment online.