Fractures

MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Glendale, CA & Palmdale, CA

Foot and ankle fractures occur for various reasons, including car accidents and sports injuries. Fortunately, with early intervention, they’re easy to manage and treat. At MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists, the team of podiatrists offers all-inclusive care for foot and ankle fractures. To make an appointment for yourself or your child at the practice in Palmdale or Glendale, California, call the nearest office or book one online today.

Fractures Q & A

What are fractures?

A fracture is an injury to a bone, and it can vary in severity. Some fractures are incredibly small and heal on their own, while others are extensive and require surgical repair with pins, plates, and rods. 

If you or a loved one injures your foot and suspects a fracture, don’t wait to make an appointment at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists. The sooner you receive treatment, the quicker you can return to work, exercise, and other activities you want or need to do.

What are the symptoms of fractures?

Common symptoms of fractures include:

  • Sudden, throbbing pain
  • Pain that’s worse during activity
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Visible deformity

Depending on the location of the fracture, you might also experience difficulty bearing weight or moving around. 

When should I see a podiatrist about a fracture?

If you think you have a broken foot, don’t wait to visit the team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists. That’s especially true if you experience pain and swelling that don’t improve with at-home treatments or your injury interferes with your ability to stand, walk, or exercise.

What causes fractures?

Fractures occur for various reasons, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Falls
  • Crush injury (like dropping a heavy weight)
  • Stepping down awkwardly

You might also experience a fracture due to an overuse injury. For example, many runners experience stress fractures due to extended periods of training.

How are fractures diagnosed?

To diagnose a fracture, your MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists provider physically examines your feet, ankles, and toes. Then, they gently press on each area to pinpoint swelling or tenderness. 

Next, your provider tests your foot’s strength and range of motion. They might also ask you to walk around the room to examine your gait.

If your provider suspects you have a fracture, they also order diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays, a bone scan, or a CT scan. These procedures capture detailed photos of your bones and joints and can confirm your provider’s diagnosis.

How are fractures treated?

Treatment of fractures depends on the bone’s location and the severity of the injury. The team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists might recommend:

  • Casting or splinting
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Strengthening exercises
  • A walking boot
  • Crutches

If you experience a severe fracture, the team might recommend reconstructive surgery. This type of procedure uses tools like pins, plates, and screws to hold your bones together and encourage your body’s healing process.

To receive treatment for fractures, book an appointment at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists; call the nearest office or book one online today.