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Every year, millions of Americans visit the emergency room as a result of foot and ankle fractures. Left untreated, fractures can lead to more serious health problems, including infection and immobility. Expert podiatrist Afsaneh Latifi, DPM, at Eastside Podiatry Associates on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle fractures. If you suspect you’ve fractured your foot or ankle, request an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.
A fracture is an injury that changes the shape and integrity of one or more bones. Your feet and ankles contain more than 20 bones and 30 joints. As a result, they’re incredibly susceptible to fractures.
Fractures may occur as a result of a sudden impact or excess force, such as an automobile accident or stubbing your toe. Foot and ankle fractures can also be “pathologic.” A pathologic fracture occurs as a result of an underlying medical condition such as cancer or osteoporosis.
At Eastside Podiatry Associates, Dr. Latifi specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle fractures. If you or a loved one experiences a foot or ankle fracture, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Dr. Latifi diagnoses and treats a wide range of foot and ankle fractures, including:
Each of your ankles contains 14 bones, all of which can experience a fracture. Ankle joint fractures usually occur as a result of sports-related injuries, with a sprain, or from a slip-and-fall. Treatment involves casting and, in severe cases, surgery.
Each of your feet contains five metatarsal bones. These bones create the structure of your foot. If you fracture a metatarsal bone, Dr. Latifi might recommend wearing a stiff-soled shoe or a custom-made orthotic. These types of fractures rarely require surgery.
Your sesamoid bones are large, round bones at the base of your big toes. If you experience a sesamoid fracture, Dr. Latifi might recommend accommodative custom orthotics to provide padding and ease your pain. If your pain persists or your sesamoid fracture fails to heal, you may need the removal of one or both sesamoid bones during surgery.
If you stub your toe or drop a heavy object on your toes, like a free weight, you might experience a toe fracture. Toe fractures usually heal on their own with rest, ice, and splinting.
A stress fracture or hairline fracture is a small, nearly invisible fracture. Stress fractures usually cause a dull, throbbing pain. Because of their size, they’re also hard to detect on traditional X-ray monitors.
The symptoms of a fracture depend on its location and severity. Common telltale signs of foot and ankle fractures include:
If you fracture your foot or ankle, you might also experience trouble walking or putting weight on your affected limb.
To diagnose fractures, Dr. Latifi physically examines your foot and ankle, asks you questions about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. She might also ask you to stand up and walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture.
Dr. Latifi might also order X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet and ankles.
Treatment of fractures may involve a cast to immobilize the bone and encourage alignment. If you break a small bone in your toe, Dr. Latifi might recommend a wrap or splint.
If you have a stress fracture, Dr. Latifi may recommend a brace or boot to assist your mobility. You might also benefit from laser therapy or physical therapy.
For serious fractures, surgical intervention may be necessary. Surgery to repair a fracture usually involves using internal rods, pins, or plates to hold your affected bone in place.
If you or a loved one experience a foot or ankle fracture, make an appointment at Eastside Podiatry Associates right away by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.