Foot and ankle fractures require prompt treatment to reduce the risk of future problems, such as posttraumatic arthritis. At Bay Area Foot Care, the expert podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle fractures so you can get back to being healthy again. Bay Area Foot Care has locations in San Rafael, Castro Valley, Pleasanton, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and San Leandro, California, as well as in the neighborhoods of Lower Pacific Heights, Inner Richmond, NoPa, and the Mission District in San Francisco. If you think you have a foot or ankle fracture, call your nearest office or book an appointment online right away.
There are 26 bones in each foot and ankle, all of which undergo a significant amount of strain and pressure as you move throughout the day. When bones receive more force than they can endure, they can break, or fracture.
Bay Area Foot Care uses the latest technology to diagnose and treat all types of foot and ankle fractures, from stress fractures to severe breaks that require surgery.
If your foot or ankle fracture involves an open wound or piece of bone that pokes through the skin, go to an emergency room immediately. Open fractures have a high risk of infection.
It may be tempting to assume your foot or ankle injury is a simple sprain and avoid seeking treatment. Foot and ankle fractures and sprains share similar signs and symptoms, including:
A fracture may also cause a visible deformity, or make the bones and joints appear out-of-place. Don’t attempt to self-diagnose your foot or ankle injury. It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment from Bay Area Foot Care as soon as possible.
First, your provider evaluates your overall condition and asks you to describe how the injury occurred. They may take imaging tests to confirm or rule out a foot or ankle fracture. Bay Area Foot Care offers comprehensive diagnostic services, including on-site digital X-rays.
Then, your provider creates an individualized treatment plan based on the severity of your injury. Less severe foot and ankle fractures typically require immobilization, such as a cast, for about 6-8 weeks. After immobilization, Bay Area Foot Care recommends a physical therapy program to restore strength and mobility.
More complex or unstable fractures may need surgery. A skilled foot and ankle surgeon at Bay Area Foot Care surgically repositions your bones and may use screws or rods to hold them in place as they heal. After the bone heals, you start physical therapy.
For expert diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle fractures, call Bay Area Foot Care or book an appointment online today.