With the amount of stress and strain our feet and ankles endure, injuries are common. A foot fracture is a common injury that Dr. Danciger treats in his Palm Desert, CA podiatric office. A fracture is a break in your bone or the surrounding cartilage. There are degrees of severity when it comes to fractures. Bones can sustain stress fractures or general fractures.
Fractures can occur in a variety of situations. Dropping something heavy on your foot, tripping or falling, overtraining during exercise or an acute injury during a sports game can all result in a type of fracture.
What are the symptoms of a fracture?
The symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the fracture and where the fracture occurred. Dr. Danciger has often treated patients who have walked around with slight pain only find out that they had sustained an actual fracture. To help you identify a fracture, common symptoms would include one or more of the following:
- Difficulty bearing weight on the foot
- Hearing a pop or snap at the time of the injury
What are the types of fractures?
A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone. The metatarsal bones, which are the bones in your forefoot that extend from your toes to the middle of your foot, are a common area for stress fractures. Walking for long distances of time, suddenly increasing a training routine or using improper technique while training or in sports can lead to a stress fracture.
Fractures in toes are very common and fortunately heal well with little intervention. Wearing an orthopedic shoe or simply taping the toe to the adjacent toe will often lead to effective healing.
This type of fracture involves the heel bone and is usually fairly serious in nature. The heel bone can suffer a fracture from overuse or repetitive pressure. Falling from an extensive height or having the heel crushed in an accident can lead to this condition in th heel. Proper treatment is essential as this type of injury could lead to arthritis and chronic foot pain.
Ankle injuries are a very common foot injury. When you sustain an ankle injury, it is important to have it diagnosed to decide if the pain is due to a sprain, dislocation, tendon injury or fracture. There are three bones that make up the ankle joint and when it is pushed beyond what it can handle, a fracture can occur. Rolling, twisting or falling on your ankle can cause a fracture.
How is a fracture treated?
The best course of treatment will be decided after Dr. Danciger has diagnosed the exact site and severity of the fracture. He may use a combination of the following:
- RICE – Rest, ice, compression and elevation
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Surgery in severe cases
It is important to note that you should never ignore foot pain. Even a dull ache that you hope will subside could be a fracture that needs attention. Unexplained fractures could also be a sign of osteoporosis. It is encouraged that you to contact Dr. Danciger anytime you have even small symptoms of foot pain. Call our office with any questions about fractures or to make an appointment at (760) 568-0108.