Foot & Ankle Fracture

What is a Foot & Ankle Fracture?

A foot and ankle fracture refers to a break in one or more of the bones in the foot or ankle. This can range from small cracks in the bones to complete breaks that affect the bone’s structure and stability.

What are the signs and symptoms of a Foot & Ankle Fracture?

  • Immediate and severe pain
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected foot
  • Deformity or misalignment of the foot or ankle
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Visible protrusion of bone (in severe cases)

Foot & Ankle Fracture FAQ

Fractures can result from direct impacts, falls, twisting injuries, or excessive force applied to the bone. High-impact activities, accidents, and even repetitive stress can lead to fractures.

Treatment varies depending on the fracture’s severity and location and may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Immobilization with a cast or splint
  • Physical therapy for rehabilitation
  • Surgical intervention to realign and stabilize the bones

Walking on a fractured foot or ankle is generally not advised as it can worsen the injury. Weight-bearing should be avoided until a healthcare provider advises it is safe to do so.

Healing times vary depending on the fracture’s severity, the patient’s overall health, and whether surgery was necessary. Generally, fractures can take 6 to 8 weeks to heal, with more severe cases taking longer.

Surgery is required if the fracture is displaced (the bone ends are not aligned), involves a joint, or has multiple fragments that need to be realigned and stabilized.

Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination and imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to determine the extent of the fracture and plan appropriate treatment.

Most fractures heal without long-term effects if properly treated. However, some individuals may experience stiffness, decreased range of motion, or chronic pain. There is also a risk of developing arthritis in the affected joint later in life.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.