Chicagoland Foot and Ankle
Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists & Surgeons located in Beverly/Mt. Greenwood, Portage Park Chicago, IL & Orland Park, IL & New Lenox, IL
A fracture is a type of injury that occurs when you experience a partial or complete break in one or more of your bones. If you experience symptoms of a foot or ankle fracture, Chicagoland Foot and Ankle, with locations in the Beverly/Mt. Greenwood and Portage Park areas of Chicago, as well as Orland Park and New Lenox, Illinois, can determine the best way to eliminate your pain and restore your mobility. The board-certified podiatrists offer advanced diagnostics and personalized treatment plans. To speak with a podiatrist about your fracture, book an appointment by phone or online today.
What are the symptoms of a fracture?
Symptoms of a fracture include:
- Significant pain
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty bearing weight
- Protruding bone with broken skin
Depending on the severity of your foot or ankle fracture, you may or may not be able to notice an obvious deformity.
If your broken bone is protruding through the skin and causing blood loss, you should seek emergency medical services as soon as possible.
In many cases, broken bones occur beneath the skin without causing any obvious tissue damage. If you experience significant pain, swelling, or difficulty walking, you may be suffering from a fracture.
At Chicagoland Foot and Ankle, the team provides safe and effective care for a wide range of foot and ankle fractures.
What is a stress fracture?
A stress fracture is a hairline crack that commonly develops in the bones of the feet and ankles.
A stress fracture is the result of too much stress on your feet and ankles. Issues like overtraining, overuse, and wearing improper footwear can all increase your risk of developing a stress fracture.
The symptoms of a stress fracture include pain, swelling, and bruising. If left untreated, a stress fracture can weaken your feet and ankles and leave you at risk for more serious fractures.
Just like with all fractures, early detection and treatment are key to restoring your health and helping you avoid further complications with your mobility.
How are fractures diagnosed?
To diagnose your foot or ankle fracture, your podiatrist performs an in-depth examination, including a physical exam and a discussion of your symptoms and the details surrounding your injury.
Your podiatrist also performs a foot and ankle X-ray to determine the severity of your fracture. After your examination, they work with you to develop the most effective treatment plan for your condition.
What treatments are available for fractures?
Treatment depends on the severity of your fracture. If you suffer from a mild fracture like a stress fracture, your podiatrist may recommend non-surgical conservative treatments like:
- RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation)
- Immobilization (using a cast, splint, or brace)
- Pain medication
If your condition is severe, your podiatrist may perform surgery to realign the pieces of your broken bone. The specialists at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle have extensive experience providing both conservative and surgical treatment for foot and ankle fractures.
To find out which treatment is right for your fracture, call or book your appointment online today.
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