Your feet can experience a wide range of fractures, from stress fractures to complex breaks in multiple bones. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley, and the Montclare neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, the experienced podiatry team treats all types of foot and ankle fractures, so you get back to your daily and favorite activities as soon as possible. Call the nearest office today or request an appointment online if you suspect you have a foot fracture.
A fracture is a broken bone. Each of your feet contains 26 bones, and any of them can suffer a fracture. Your ankle consists of three bones, which are also susceptible to a break.
The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists have the experience and skills to treat all types of foot fractures, from hairline cracks to complex breaks that involve multiple bones.
Foot and ankle fractures may occur due to overuse, repetitive motion, low bone density, or trauma, like a fall or direct hit. People who play sports are vulnerable to foot and ankle fractures, but everyday activities also can cause injury.
In many cases, you suspect a fracture right after your injury due to the severe pain and inability to bear weight on the injured foot. Swelling, bruising, tenderness to the touch, and deformity are other symptoms of a fracture.
If you experience a stress fracture, pain and disability develop over time. Stress fractures usually result from overuse and constant pressure on delicate bones. Runners and dancers commonly experience foot or ankle stress fractures.
When you come in for your evaluation, your provider asks several questions. They want to know how the injury occurred and what symptoms you're experiencing. They also discuss your medical history and perform a thorough evaluation of your foot, ankle, and lower leg.
Your provider orders an X-ray and possibly an MRI to confirm that you have a fracture and to determine which bones are involved. They then create a customized treatment plan based on the type, location, and severity of your fracture.
Many fractures benefit from casting or a brace. Complex fractures may require surgery to reset the bones and implant screws, plates, or bone grafts to hold fractured bones in place. Rest and icing are also part of a fracture treatment plan.
Following surgery, physical therapy helps you regain movement and normal activity.
Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists to set up an appointment or request one online to have your foot or ankle fracture examined and treated.