Foot and ankle fractures can cause serious pain, instability, and potentially leave you limping if you don’t seek care. At Ankle & Foot Specialists in Chicago, Illinois, dedicated podiatrists James Elipas, DPM, and John Flanagan, DPM, offer advanced treatments to help you recover and get safely on your feet again. Book an appointment at the Norwood Park office online or by phone today.
A foot or ankle fracture is a break in any of your 14 ankle bones or 38-foot bones. Foot and ankle fractures can range from a small crack that's barely visible on an X-ray image (a hairline fracture) to a clear break where your bones are out of position (a displaced fracture) to a compound fracture, in which a bone breaks through the skin.
There are also other, unusual types of fractures like avulsion fracture, in which a tendon or ligament pulls a shard of bone loose.
Not all bone fractures cause clear symptoms, at least not initially. You may notice symptoms like:
It may also be difficult to walk normally or even bear weight at all if you have a foot or ankle fracture. If you recognize any of these symptoms, it's important to contact Ankle & Foot Specialists right away. Fractures need the right kind of support to heal properly and avoid long-term problems.
Ankle & Foot Specialists typically starts with a careful foot exam, along with diagnostic imaging like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. The caring providers can make your fracture diagnosis and start your care immediately.
Treatment for a bone fracture depends on the fracture’s severity, location, and how it affects your mobility. For minor fractures like simple hairline fractures, you might just need a walking cast and rest.
For serious bone fractures, you may have to wear a foot or ankle cast for at least a few weeks. In complex fractures, you might need foot or ankle surgery to repair the damaged bone.
Your Ankle & Foot Specialists provider may also recommend regenerative medicine treatments, like stem cell therapy, to aid in bone regeneration. Ankle & Foot Specialists always recommends the most effective cutting-edge solutions for foot and ankle fractures to help you heal as efficiently as possible.
Book your appointment at Ankle & Foot Specialists through online scheduling or call the office today.