Foot And Ankle Fractures

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

Foot and ankle fractures compromise the integrity of your bone and could potentially leave you with serious mobility problems if left untreated. Many foot and ankle fractures don’t heal correctly, which is why you may need surgical repair from the foot and ankle surgery experts. At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, the skilled podiatric surgeons, including Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, perform trauma care and surgery as needed. Book your appointment online or by calling a nearby location now.

Foot and Ankle Fractures Q & A

What are foot and ankle fractures?

Foot and ankle fractures are broken bones in any of the 26 bones that make up your foot or ankle. Fractures can be tiny cracks, called hairline fractures, or far more serious breaks where your bone separates into two or more pieces. 

Foot and ankle fractures can develop over time (stress fractures), or they may happen suddenly. Foot and ankle fractures are some of the most common foot injuries today.

How can I tell if I have a fracture in my foot or ankle?

Common fracture symptoms can include:

  • Bruising and discoloration
  • Bulging or misshapen bones
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Inability to bear weight comfortably

If you suspect a foot or ankle fracture, reach out to Family Foot & Ankle Specialists for help as soon as possible. With early treatment, you can enjoy the fastest recovery.

What causes foot and ankle fractures?

Fractures are a common sports injury, but they can also happen to a completely sedentary individual who makes a single misstep in their home. 

Certain conditions, especially osteoporosis, can weaken your foot and ankle bones and leave you more vulnerable to fractures. 

Although poor footwear, inadequate safety equipment, and improper physical conditioning don't necessarily cause fractures, these factors can contribute. 

How are foot and ankle fractures treated?

Treatment can vary by situation, but for stress fractures and other less severe breaks, you might start with the following nonsurgical approaches. 

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Elevation
  • Splinting or casting to realign the bone
  • Short-term pain medication
  • Crutches

If your fracture doesn't heal properly, the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists are skilled foot and ankle surgeons who can correct the problem surgically. The surgeons have hospital access and regularly perform surgeries for traumatic and chronic foot fractures. 

What happens prior to foot or ankle fracture surgery?

Your Family Foot & Ankle Specialists provider reviews your medical history and current state of health. Then, you'll have preoperative testing that may include blood tests, urinalysis, electrocardiogram, X-rays, and blood flow studies. 

You'll also have a comprehensive foot exam shortly before your scheduled surgery, which may include walking (if physically possible) so your podiatrist can assess your foot structures in motion.

What is the recovery like after foot or ankle fracture surgery?

Your podiatrist gives you customized recovery instructions, which typically include rest, ice, compression, and elevation. You may also need bandages, splints, special footwear, or assistive walking devices like canes or crutches as you recover. 

Recover from your foot or ankle fracture in the fastest and easiest way by reaching out to either Family Foot & Ankle Specialists office by phone or online now.