Foot and Ankle Fractures
Foot and Ankle fractures present in many ways. Sometimes, you might not even know you have a fracture. Stress fractures start as disguised cracks in your bone that may only cause minor pain. As time progresses, the area may cause pain to worsen when you bear weight. An acute immediate fracture causes pain and results from serious trauma to your foot. This bone injury can be caused in a variety of ways, such as weight dropping on your foot, missteps, or a sports injury. Both types of fractures require treatment from a podiatrist and recovery time to heal completely. Dr. Rabbani and Dr. Anayati are highly-skilled foot and ankle specialists who can offer several treatment options for fractures at one of their five office locations across the Greater Los Angeles area.
Symptoms of Fractures
Stress fractures appear after repetitive use and are most common in runners or patients in sports that require lots of running. A stress fracture will cause:
- Pain that comes and goes based on your activity level.
- Swelling and tenderness.
- Bruising in some cases.
Stress fractures can progress and result in limited range of motion and cause problems walking.
An acute fracture most commonly affects the metatarsals, bones connecting your toes and your heel, and is the result of a sudden blow or twist in your foot. Unlike a stress fracture, you will:
- Hear the bone break.
- Have immediate pain.
- Develop bruising or swelling.
- Not be able to bear any weight on the foot.
Both acute and stress fractures are ailments that are essential to be seen by your foot and ankle specialist. If you do not seek proper diagnosis and treatment, there is a strong possibility that the bone will not heal properly.
Treatment for Foot Fractures
When you visit your doctor, they will advise a unique treatment plan to your specific injury. Treatment modalities include rest, ice, compression, and elevating your injury to improve healing. Depending on the severity of the fracture, your doctor may also:
- Refer you to a physical therapist.
- Immobilize your foot with a cast to reduce weight load.
- Suggest surgery for very serious cases.
A visit to your foot and ankle specialist will secure that you do not aggravate the fracture and that you are educated on the timeline of restarting any high-impact activity like sports or standing for long periods of time.
Schedule your appointment today for further evaluation and treatment options of your foot or ankle fractures.