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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
March 23, 2016
Tags: foot fracture  

Did you know that nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body are found in your foot? It’s not surprising then that fractures are a condition we treat often at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM.  Fractures fall into two basic categories:

General Bone Fractures—these are the more obvious kind of fractures where the break goes all the way through the bone. General bone fractures are usually caused by an injury, accident or the trauma of something heavy being dropped on your foot. Fractures can be closed—the broken bone does not come through the skin, or open—the bone does protrude through the skin.  In some cases, a bone will break without causing any change in its alignment. This is a stable fracture. When a shift in alignment occurs with the break, it’s called a displaced fracture.

Stress Fractures—these breaks are tiny, hairline cracks in the surface of the bone.  They tend to happen in the front of the foot in the bones that stretch between your toes and middle of the foot.  Stress fractures can be caused by a sudden increase in activity, poor training techniques, walking or running on uneven surfaces or repeated stress to one area of the foot.  They are often less obvious than general bone fractures.

Common Symptoms and Treatment

Usually a fracture will be painful. There will be swelling and often times bruising at the site of the break. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will use x-rays and possibly other imaging studies as well to diagnose a fracture. Most fractures can be healed without surgery. Rest, casting and immobilization and not bearing weight on the fractured foot for some period of time, will usually be necessary.

The best fracture repair occurs when treatment is sought early. Continuing to walk on a bone that has a stress or general fracture can lead to further damage and even disability. If you even suspect you may have fractured a bone in your foot or ankle, don’t delay. Contact our Washington office by calling (724) 225-7410 as soon as possible.

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