Getting an immediate diagnosis and proper care for a foot or ankle fracture is crucial.
There are many reasons why someone might face a broken bone in their foot or ankle, from car accidents and bad falls to a sports injury; however, if you think you have fractured your foot it’s important that you seek medical attention from one of our West Houston, TX, foot & ankle specialists Dr. Samuel Mendicino, Dr. Asia Lo, or Dr. Manish Patel as soon as possible to ensure that you get the proper care you need to promote faster healing. So, how do you know if you fractured your foot or ankle?
With 26 bones within the foot and 3 in the ankle, it actually doesn’t come as much of a surprise that it’s pretty common to break a bone in the foot or ankle. There are many situations that can cause a broken bone in the foot, as we mentioned above. While children are more likely than adults to deal with a fractured foot or ankle, this doesn’t mean that it can’t also happen to adults, as well.
The most common symptoms of a broken bone include pain that is bad enough that it’s almost unbearable to put weight on the foot. You may also notice swelling, tenderness, and bruising. You can check your injured foot with your other foot to see if there are noticeable differences between the two. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it’s important to call your West Houston, TX, podiatrist or foot & ankle specialist immediately. Do not ignore any of these symptoms or wait for them to go away on their own. Not treating a fractured foot or ankle could lead to long-term complications such as chronic pain and weakness.
Along with a physical examination, we will also perform x-rays to determine whether you actually have a broken bone. Once we have confirmed that you fractured your foot or ankle we can help create a treatment plan that will work for you. The most important thing you can do is rest and stay off the foot and ankle until it heals. Most of the time, a cast and crutches may be prescribed to help you move around without exacerbating the injury.
As the foot or ankle mends itself, you can manage pain, swelling, and other symptoms through simple at-home measures such as over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, icing, and elevation. You will also need to come back in for a follow-up after a few weeks to make sure your foot is healing properly. During this time a series of therapeutic exercises might be recommended to help restrengthen your foot and ankle after the injury.
If you or a loved one is dealing with the symptoms above or other ankle or foot problems, it is important that you see a foot and ankle specialist in West Houston, TX, as soon as possible to ensure that the injury doesn’t get worse! Call your podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Institute right away.