Types of Foot Fractures

Each of our feet is made up of 26 bones. These bones can break due to several reasons. The most common ones include car accidents, falls, missteps, overuse, etc. There are many different types of foot fractures. They can be categorized as acute or stress, open or closed, and displaced or non-displaced. Toe and metatarsal fractures are usually seen in the office. However, ankle and calcaneal fractures must be diagnosed in the emergency room.

Dr. Sophia Solomon is a foot fracture specialist in New York City who has been treating people with foot injuries and fractures for a long time. She offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Get in touch with us to book an appointment with Dr. Solomon.

Diagnosis of Foot Fractures

Your foot and ankle surgeon in NYC will take X-rays to see if you have a broken bone in your foot. She may use MRI or CT imaging for more complex fractures. Podiatrists usually recommend surgical treatment for fractures that are significantly displaced. Surgery can help restore the alignment and stabilize the foot fracture in its correct position. It helps reduce the risk of future complications such as pain, deformity, arthritis, etc. In some cases, the podiatrist may recommend surgery for non-displaced or minimally displaced fractures as well.

However, your foot doctor will consider several factors when recommending treatment for you. These include the severity of the damage, which area of the bone is broken, whether it is an open or closed fracture, your age, etc. The podiatrist may recommend non-surgical treatment if the patient has a pre-existing medical condition like a heart problem.

Dr. Sophia Solomon uses the latest tools, methods, and techniques to accurately diagnose foot fractures. She may recommend basic treatments like applying ice to the affected area, taking anti-inflammatory medicines, elevation, lifestyle changes, rest, immobilization, physical therapy, etc. She can also perform a surgical procedure if necessary. Contact us today to book your appointment.

Foot Fracture Treatment

During surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the skin centered over the broken bone. Once the bone is exposed and the fracture is visible, the surgeon begins the procedure. The doctor realigns fractured bone fragments and secures them with implants such as plates, pins, wires, etc. Once the fracture is stabilized, the podiatrist will stitch the incision closed. She will then apply a sterile bandage to the area. You will need to use a cast, splint, or post-operative shoe for a few weeks after surgery.

You will need to keep your foot elevated to alleviate pain and swelling. Complete recovery may take between 3-6 months depending on the extent of the injury. Your surgeon may remove the stitches after a few weeks. She may suggest physical therapy and exercises of the ankle, toes, and foot. Get in touch with us to book an appointment with the best-rated foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Sophia Solomon.

There are some risks and complications associated with foot fracture surgeries. First of all, it can cause infections. It can also cause damage to nerves and blood vessels. What’s more, it can increase the risk of bleeding or blood clots. Your doctor may prescribe a blood-thinning medication for a few weeks after surgery. Call us now to discuss your treatment options.