If you can’t stand or walk comfortably, a foot or ankle fracture may be the reason. It can sometimes be challenging to tell the difference between fractures and sprains. At Beverly Hills Foot & Ankle, Dr. Nisha Krishnan, DPM, can accurately diagnosis the condition followed by prompt effective treatment. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.
A fracture is a broken bone. Foot and ankle fractures can range from small and incomplete to severe where the bone is completely separated.
Stress fractures are also called hairline fractures. This type of fracture doesn't go all the way across the bone, but it may do so if you don't get treatment. Stress fractures are repetitive motion injuries that are common among distance runners. Stress fractures are most common in the metatarsals, the bones at the top of your foot.
While a stress fracture is related to overuse, an accident typically causes a complete fracture. Some common causes of complete fractures can include falls, dropping heavy objects on your foot, or tripping over objects.
With complete fractures, the bone is misaligned because it's broken all the way across. Complete fractures require more in-depth treatment and have a longer recovery period.
Fractures typically cause pain, which can range from mildly annoying to completely debilitating depending on the type and location of the fracture. If you have a fracture, you'll likely find it hard to bear weight on your foot or ankle. You may have significant swelling and bruising as well.
The symptoms of a fracture can be quite similar to those of a sprained ankle sometimes, if you have any of these symptoms, it's important to call our office for prompt diagnosis and treatment immediately.
The treatment for foot and ankle fractures depends on how severe the damage is. In many cases, Dr. Krishnan can treat stress fractures without surgery. You may need a splint, orthotics, or a cast to help your bones heal naturally. Rest is an important part of stress fracture recovery, so don't risk reinjury by trying to exercise before you're fully healed.
If you have a complete fracture of the foot or ankle, you may need surgery. Dr. Krishnan can expertly reset your bone and then support it with a splint or cast during your recovery. As with stress fractures, it's important that you adhere to all of Dr. Krishnan's recovery guidelines for optimal healing.