Fracture Care Plan
Foot fractures are a painful and common injury treated in our office. Fractures in the foot can include toe fractures, ankle fractures, metatarsal fractures, and sesamoiditis fractures. We often treat fractures of the heel bone, as well.
Fractures can be caused by twists, sprains, even stepping wrong off a curb or step. Fractures are very common in athletes and runners. They are commonly caused by a quick, sharp movement such as turning while playing football or tripping while playing basketball.
Diagnosing a Fracture
Your doctor will diagnose a fracture by examining the foot and assessing the activity that causes the pain. X-rays will help to determine a fracture from a sprain and will indicate how severe.
If your fracture is not too severe, your doctor may advise a conservative treatment plan. Your doctor will wrap the foot or ankle with compression stockings and use a CAM walker (controlled ankle movement) to keep the foot and ankle still without risk of movement. If your doctor deems it necessary, a hard cast may be needed. Your doctor will check the injury and progress of healing. As time allows, you will be taken out of the cast or CAM walker and be allowed to apply moderate pressure until the fracture is completely healed.
Laser Therapy is used to speed up the healing process for those with a fracture. The laser creates a healing environment that pushes blood and oxygen to the painful or injured area. This can make the fracture heal faster and decrease pain and swelling.
In severe cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the fracture. Call our office to determine your best treatment. When it comes to a fracture, waiting to be treated will only prolong the healing process.