Conditions We Treat

Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Get the care you need for fractures of the foot and ankle.


Treatment

Treatment of fractures relies on stabilization of the fracture ends to allow the ends to unite and heal. This stabilization takes on many forms from splinting, soft cast, removable boots and Fiberglas casting. Furthermore, the added weight of the body can also delay and prevent healing and must be considered. Fractures of the foot have specific needs depending on the location of the fracture.

Forefoot

A break of a bone in the front part of the foot usually takes a considerable time to heal. As we stand and walk the foot us used to push off and propel the body. As you push off the front part of your foot there is a considerable pressure generated that will irritate the bone causing pain and delaying healing. Attempts to decrease the push off is necessary to stability the bones and allow healing.

Rearfoot

Fractures of the rearfoot have weight bearing as their main consideration. All attempts to off load the bones to prevent movement and allowing healing to occur are made. Using walkers, crutches, knee roll about scooters or electric rolling chairs the patient must not place weight on the foot for a period to allow initial healing to occur.

Ankle Fractures

Ankle fractures must be stabilized. It is known that 1 mm of displacement will cause a shift in ankle bone contact by 33%. Maintaining the proper configuration is necessary to prevent further pain and arthritis from developing. Special interventions are necessary to maintain the proper position to allow the bones to heal correctly.

If you have a problem with a suspected fracture, allow the doctors of Weil Foot and Ankle Institute to help you get back on your feet.

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