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Dr. Harvey R. Danciger

"I Think I Fractured My Foot": Common Types of Fractures

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle

A fracture is a break in the bone. It can be a complete break, a partial break, or the bone can have a weakness, which is called a stress fracture. Your bones can maintain their alignment while broken, or they can move out of their alignment. Whatever type of break you’ve experienced, it’s important to address the issue before permanent deformity can occur.

Sometimes bones can become angulated, which is a serious problem. Angulated bones need to be treated in order to realign the fracture and give the best possible healing. Children commonly experience what is called a Greenstick fracture, where the bone is broken partially, but not completely through. Greenstick fractures can cause permanent deformities that shape within the bone when not treated promptly.

Another area of concern for children is the growth plate – the place where the two ends of a bone meet. There is cartilage in between the two bones which allows for the bones to grow as your child grows. These growth plates are susceptible to displacement and fracture, which can be a serious problem if there’s significant angulation. This can result in the disturbance of growth, causing a limb length difference.

If you or a loved one have experienced an injury, schedule an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger. We can evaluate your condition, determine if there is a fracture, and the best treatment for you.