Fractures

Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center

Foot & Ankle Surgery & Vein Care located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton, FL

Bone breaks can be especially challenging to treat in your feet and ankles because it’s so difficult to stay off your feet while healing. With their expertise in effective fracture treatments, Jason Gold, DPM, and Jodi Schoenhaus, DPM, FACFAS, of Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center can treat your broken bone in their state-of-the-art Boca Raton or Boynton, Florida, clinic location. Book your exam online or call either location to speak with a team member.

Fractures/ Breaks

How do broken bones occur?

Medical experts report that about one in 10 broken bones occurs in the foot. With 26 bones in each of your feet, in addition to the bones in your ankles and lower legs, several issues can lead to fractures in these areas. You can break a bone in your foot or ankle by:

  • Twisting or rolling your ankle
  • Tripping and falling
  • Kicking something hard
  • Stubbing your toe

Stress fractures, tiny breaks that develop gradually, usually develop because of overuse. Frequent training, especially on hard surfaces, can cause your bone tissue to break down and crack over time.

Plus, your risk of bone breaks might be higher if you have weakened bones. If you have osteoporosis, for instance, your chances of suffering from a broken bone can increase.

What are the symptoms of a broken bone?

If you feel a pop or snap when your injury occurs, you may have broken a bone. Fractures can vary in severity and symptoms, but it’s common to experience:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Visible bony protrusion
  • Sharp or stabbing pains

Depending on the severity of your fracture, you may also notice difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot or ankle, or limited range of motion. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, schedule an exam at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center right away.

How are broken bones treated?

Treating a broken bone in your foot or ankle depends on which bone is fractured and how severe the break may be. In most cases, Dr. Gold and Dr. Schoenhaus recommend immobilization to provide support. This can include a removable brace or even a cast.

Your fracture treatment plan at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center may also include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Activity modifications
  • Physical therapy

If two or more areas are broken or if you have a fracture that’s more severe, Dr. Gold or Dr. Schoenhaus might suggest surgery. This type of procedure involves internal fixation and possibly placing screws, rods, or plates to help your bone heal properly. In most cases, you should be able to return to nearly all of your normal daily activities within about three to four months.

If you have a broken bone, schedule an evaluation at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center as soon as possible. You can either schedule your exam online or over the phone.