Professional athletes and ballet dancers are very susceptible to foot and ankle fractures because of the constant stress and physical demands of their chosen activity. However, even folks who engage in a regular exercise program may break a bone in the foot or ankle every now and then.
The type of fracture you experience will depend upon the degree and location of force applied during the incident.
5 types of fractures that can affect your feet and ankles include:
Compound fracture—Having a bone sticking out of your skin is a sign of a compound fracture, which is probably the most severe type. Surgery and the setting of the bones with a cast are needed for proper healing to occur.
Stabilized—This is the most easily treated type of break since the ends of the bones are only slightly apart and easily rejoined.
Comminuted—This is a severe type of fracture where the bone shatters into multiple pieces.
Oblique—This break is characterized by diagonal displacement.
Stress fracture—This type of fracture develops over a period of time. They are caused by the repeated stress of physical activity and can occur to athletes and folks who spend a lot of time on their feet all day for work.
If you have suffered a fracture to your foot or ankle see your foot care specialist for the proper care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.