Foot and Ankle Stress Fractures
Because the foot and ankle are so complex, it is important to have an expert examine your injury to determine the true nature of the problem. The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists are experienced in complex foot and ankle conditions and reconstructive procedures. When you have an injury, they listen carefully to your symptoms, accurately diagnose your condition and work with you to determine the best course of treatment.
Nearly one-fourth of all the bones in your body are in your feet. A broken (fractured) bone in your forefoot or in one of your toes is often painful, but rarely disabling. Most of the time, these injuries heal without operative treatment.
Common symptoms for any type of foot or ankle fracture may include pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. If you think you have a stress fracture on your foot or ankle, give our office a call and we will get you in immediately.
Types of Foot and Ankle Stress Fractures
There are two types of foot fractures: stress fractures and general bone fractures. Stress fractures usually occur in the bones of the forefoot extending from the toes to the middle of the foot. Stress fractures are like tiny cracks in the bone surface. They can happen with sudden increases in exercise (such as running or walking for longer distances or times), improper training techniques, or a change in surfaces.
Most other types of fractures extend through the bone, and are called bone fractures. They may be stable, in which there is no shift in bone alignment, or displaced, in which the bone ends no longer line up properly. Bone fractures usually result from trauma, such as dropping a heavy object on your foot, or from a twisting injury. If the fractured bone does not break through the skin, it is called a closed fracture. If the fracture does break through the skin, it is called an open fracture.
Because of the complex structures in the foot, there are some other, more specific types of fractures that can occur. The relationship between the ankle and the foot can be compromised by an ankle-twisting injury, which may tear the tendon that attaches to this bone and pull a small piece of the bone away.