With 26 small bones, the foot is vulnerable to injury and wear-and-tear that can lead to fractures. Suha Kassab, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon who provides multiple treatments for fractures at Bloomfield Family Footcare in Bloomfield Hills and Dearborn, Michigan. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a foot or ankle fracture, call Bloomfield Family Footcare or schedule an appointment online today.

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What is a fracture?

A fracture is a bone break that can range from minor to severe. Many types of fractures exist that can affect the feet. Some cause severe pain that instantly diminishes your mobility, while others may lead to gradual discomfort. Prompt care for a foot or ankle fracture is essential to preserve your mobility and prevent complications.

What are the different types of foot and ankle fractures?

While various fractures can damage the feet and ankles, the most common are:

Stress fractures

A stress fracture typically develops gradually from repetitive pressure. Athletes involved in sports that place stress on the feet, such as runners, gymnasts, and soccer players, are particularly prone to these fractures.

Toe fractures

Each of your toes play a role in your gait, movement, posture, and balance. Damage to the toes can impact your ability to walk without aid. Most toe fractures occur from accidents or injuries, such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on your foot.

Metatarsal fractures

Metatarsals are the long bones that connect your toes to your foot. While stress fractures of the midfoot can affect the metatarsals, most fractures in this area result from sudden injuries, such as dropping a heavy object or falling at an awkward angle.

Ankle fractures

An ankle fracture often results from a painful injury that causes you to twist awkwardly and lose your balance. Car accidents, falls, and ankle instability can all cause ankle fractures. Stress fractures can also lead to a broken ankle if you frequently participate in weight-bearing activities.

Heel fractures

Heel bone fractures can be debilitating. Most result from extreme force, such as a fall or car crash. Severe heel bone fractures can even cause the heel to shorten and impact your gait.

What are the treatments for fractures?

Dr. Kassab uses a multifaceted approach to treat fractures and prevent reinjury. Some of the most common fracture treatments she recommends include:

  • Immobilization (bracing, casting, bandaging, etc.)
  • R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Walking aids (crutches, wheelchair, cane)
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitative exercise
  • Activity modification
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Surgery

To learn more about foot and ankle fractures, call Bloomfield Family Footcare or schedule an appointment online toda