You knew the moment you hurt your ankle that you would not be able to walk off the field. You had heard that sprained ankles were painful, but this was nothing like you had imagined—and a few days later, you found out why. What you thought was a soft-tissue injury was actually a broken bone, and one that may need surgical correction to heal properly.
What Kind of Fracture Did You Suffer?
At Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, we can provide intervention and treatment for fractures to the foot, heel, or ankle, helping you to get back on your feet as soon as possible. We can provide casting and stability for a wide range of bone fractures, including:
- Broken ankle. Many patients who assume that they have â€œtwistedâ€ their ankles may discover that the ankle bone has actually been broken. Any violent twisting of the ankle or a hard landing on the foot can cause breakages in one or more bones of the foot. While some breaks may heal on their own, others will need casting, immobility, or surgery to repair the damage.
- Stress fractures. Most small fractures in the bones of the feet are caused by repetitive stress. When the muscles in the foot become fatigued, they stop absorbing the shock from walking or running, and the stress of the impact is redirected to the bones. This causes small cracks in the bones, most commonly in the mid-foot (beneath the second and third toes). Although these breaks can be extremely painful, many patients assume that they are suffering from muscle strain, and may not be aware the bone has been broken.
- Heel fractures. A hard landing or high-speed collision can lead to a break in the heel bone itself, which in turn disrupts the stability of the ankle joint. A heel fracture will often make it difficult for a patient to walk on steep hills or slanted surfaces, and can cause joint pain through the knee and hip joint due to weight displacement.
- Foot reconstruction. Major trauma to the foot will often require surgery to allow the broken bones to heal straight. Injuries that have caused bones to break through the skin or have caused the ends of the broken bones to shift away from each other often need internal fixation—a surgical process to inserts pins or screws into the bones to hold them in place. After the bones have been stabilized, doctors will often need to repair the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to give the patient maximum mobility after healing.
- Crushing injuries. An injury that causes the foot to become caught, twisted, or crushed may not break the skin, but can still bring dangerous consequences. There may be multiple fractures that must be stabilized and repaired, and may require total immobilization of the foot to heal properly. If a crush injury is not treated quickly, a patient could suffer compartment syndrome, or swelling that leads to interrupted blood flow in the foot. Compartment syndrome may lead to blood clots, cell death, or even amputation of the foot or leg.
A Broken Bone Should Be Treated as Soon as Possible
The best defense against permanent injury from a broken bone is immediate treatment. Patients who continue to walk on an injured leg will often suffer foot deformities, joint damage, or arthritis pain in the foot for years into the future. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Wawrzynek can advise you on the best treatment method for your injury, and we have many appointments available same-day. Call Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center today at (610) 822-3900 or fill out our quick online contact form to get started.