Foot fractures can result in varying levels of pain and disability, ranging from mild to severe. If you experience foot trauma or symptoms of a foot fracture, the board-certified podiatrists at Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle in Wayne, New Jersey, can help you achieve a safe and successful recovery. Led by Heidi Godoy, DPM, and Johanna Godoy, DPM, the practice specializes in conservative foot and ankle care. To speak with a doctor about your foot fracture, call the office or book online today.
A fractured foot can result in a number of symptoms, including:
Fractures can also cause throbbing pain or pain that increases with activity. Fractures force your bones out of alignment and may result in an obvious deformity. In some cases, the fractured bone breaks through the skin, causing an open wound.
If you experience symptoms of a fractured foot, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Without proper treatment, your fracture can worsen or heal improperly, causing long-term complications with your foot health and mobility.
A stress fracture is a type of fracture that commonly affects weight-bearing areas of the body like the feet and ankles. A stress fracture is a small, hairline crack in the bone that’s typically caused by overuse and repetitive stress.
Normally, your body breaks down old bone and replaces it with new bone tissue. Repetitive stress and overuse prevent your bones from healing themselves, causing them to become weak and prone to stress fractures.
Stress fractures are common in high-impact sports like basketball, tennis, and gymnastics. Runners also frequently experience stress fractures. Without proper treatment, stress fractures can increase your risk of developing additional fractures.
How your foot fracture is treated depends on the severity of your condition. Before you begin treatment, your doctor performs a physical exam and conducts imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI.
If your bones are displaced, your doctor may manipulate the pieces to realign your foot (reduction) and use a cast, boot, or brace to immobilize your foot and help your bones heal.
If you have a stress fracture, your doctor may suggest rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) and limited activity to allow your bones time to heal.
If your fracture is severe, your doctor may recommend surgery to realign the pieces of your broken bone with screws, pins, or plates.
The board-certified podiatrists at Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle have extensive experience successfully treating a wide range of foot fractures. To find out which treatment is right for you, book your appointment by phone or online today.