Foot and ankle fractures can occur at any time, affecting your mobility and quality of life. Fortunately, with early intervention and treatment, they’re relatively easy to care for. At Diablo Podiatry, expert podiatrist Christyn Marshall, DPM, AACFAS, and the team specialize in the management of foot and ankle fractures. To make an appointment at the practice in San Ramon, California, call the office today or schedule online.
A fracture occurs when one (or several) of your bones experiences damage. There are many types of fractures. Some are small and respond well to conservative treatment; others are extensive and require casting or surgical intervention.
If you or a loved one drop something heavy on your foot or experience another injury that results in pain, swelling, or bruising, contact the team at Diablo Podiatry right away.
Symptoms of fractures include:
If you experience a serious fracture, you might also notice a visible abnormality, like a bump or lump that’s tender to the touch.
Foot and ankle fractures occur for various reasons, including rolling your ankle, over-extending your ankle joint, or jumping down onto a hard surface from a height. You might also experience a fracture due to a crush injury, car accident, or slip and fall.
The team at Diablo Podiatry treats several types of fractures, including:
Comminuted fractures occur when a bone breaks into more than two pieces.
Extra-articular fractures only affect the bone itself and don’t extend to a joint.
Intra-articular fractures tend to be longer than other types of fractures and extend to the joint.
Open fractures are relatively rare and occur when a bone breaks through your skin.
At Diablo Podiatry, the team diagnoses fractures by asking about your symptoms and physically examining your foot and ankle. There’s no way to detect fractures with the naked eye, so your provider orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or a CT scan.
Treatment of fractures depends on the type, location, and severity of your injury. Usually, the team at Diablo Podiatry recommends fracture management with conservative treatments, including:
If you experience a fracture that occurs alongside a muscle, tendon, or ligament injury, you might benefit from surgery. During fracture repair, your Diablo Podiatry provider uses screws and plates to hold your bones together and encourage healing.
The team has years of experience performing fracture management and knows what it takes to relieve your symptoms and help you feel better.
To receive treatment for foot or ankle fractures, make an appointment at Diablo Podiatry by calling the office today or scheduling online.