Ankle and foot fractures aren’t always sudden events. Given the complex mechanics of the foot and its weight bearing tasks, hairline fractures may develop without a precipitating event. Zakee O. Shabazz, DPM, of Fair Oaks Podiatry & Sports Medicine, in Fairfax, Virginia, examines and diagnoses any number of problems related to fractures. Make an appointment today to investigate your foot and ankle pain.
While a sudden accident or injury may be an obvious cause of fracture, wear and tear on the feet and ankles can build up, also resulting in stress fractures that cause problems without the patient knowing about the fracture damage. Due to the complexity of the foot, the type of pain and weight bearing capabilities of broken bones vary greatly. Dr. Shabazz uses these, as well as diagnostic imaging like X-rays, as clues to diagnose fractures of the foot and ankle.
Fractures can occur through heavy weights dropping or trapping the foot — called impact and crush fractures — or through twisting injuries and inward rolls of the ankle. Those who stand frequently or work on hard surfaces without adequate footwear may also develop stress fractures in the feet and ankles.
Typically, broken bones in the foot and ankle result in severe pain and an inability to bear weight. However, that’s not always the case with stress and hairline fractures. Diabetics often suffer nerve damage in their feet, so they may not be aware of foot pain. Other signs that a fracture occurred may include:
In the 1st stage of treatment, Dr. Shabazz aligns the ends of the fracture. When they’re not aligned, he performs a procedure called reduction. This manipulates the bones into alignment for 2nd phase — immobilization. Proper bone healing requires that the fracture doesn’t move so the bones can knit together naturally. Minor breaks and stress fractures may require only a brace or boot, and fractured toes may be taped together. On the other hand, complex or serious breaks may require a cast. Extremely complex breaks may require plates, pins, and screws to hold proper position of the broken pieces, followed by a cast.
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