A fracture can happen in the blink of an eye, and when it does, you’ll need prompt and effective medical care. At their offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Forest Hills, New York, Gramercy, New York, New York, & East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York the orthopedic surgeons of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC repair fractures and provide other podiatric services to assist your body’s natural healing process. The goal is to relieve pain, restore function, protect your foot and ankle health, and get you back to walking, dancing, and using your feet as you see fit. For podiatric care, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.
The symptoms of a fracture depend on the type of fracture and where it is. Symptoms usually include:
With an ankle or foot fracture, you’ll also likely experience a reduced range of motion and function, and you might be unable to walk.
Different types of fractures include:
A compound fracture is a severe fracture that causes the bone to protrude through the skin. This can be alarming and painful. Exposure of the tissue and bone risks infection and contamination.
High-impact injuries typically result in compound fractures. For those with osteoporosis and especially weak and brittle bones, even subtle movements or falls can have the same outcome.
Stress fractures are the result of repetitive musculoskeletal stress like running. Stress fractures are particularly common in those with weak and vulnerable bones like people with osteoporosis or who are elderly.
Compression fractures occur in the bones of the spine (vertebrae). These tiny painful cracks are most commonly found in people with osteoporosis.
Your orthopedic surgeon can recommend several treatments for your fracture.
Shockwave therapy can ease pain and promote healing. It’s often used to improve the immune response to fight off a possible infection.
Lifestyle changes can help the healing process and boost your general health, like managing stress and eating a nutrient-dense diet.
Assistive orthotic devices — braces and splints — can reduce pain and support and stabilize the fracture so that it heals properly.
Medications like anti-inflammatories and steroids can relieve pain and swelling.
Since bones heal naturally, proper alignment is the critical first step to a successful recovery. In some cases, the bones have stayed in place and need casting to immobilize and protect them during the healing process.
In other instances, if the bone ends have moved and the positioning has been disrupted or several fractures have splintered the bone into pieces, surgery will be required to fix things.
A fracture repair is a surgical procedure. During a fracture repair, your surgeon fixes your broken bone using nails, pins, plates, and/or screws. Your surgeon might also use bone grafts to assist in the healing process.
A fracture can cause awful pain and risk your health. For efficient and personalized orthopedic and podiatric care, call your nearest office or book online today.