Don’t let foot pain get in your way of having a good time. A painful, broken foot or fracture could keep you at home, so make sure you take good care of your feet, so you can sing and dance all night long.
Is There a Difference Between a Fracture and a Break?
Many people believe that there is a difference between a fracture and a break, but the truth is they are the same thing. When your bones can no longer withstand the pressure being put on them—they break. Nobody is immune from suffering such an injury. From children to the elderly, we are all at risk.
Common Foot Fractures
- Avulsion fracture can occur when the tendon or ligament pulls on a bone and it breaks.
- Stress fractures occur often in athletes because they are the result of repeated trauma to the bone.
- Fracture-dislocation means that the bone has not only broken but has also become misaligned.
- Comminuted fracture is more serious because it means the bone has shattered into many pieces.
Treatment for Foot Fractures
All breaks in your bones require immediate attention, but some are more serious than others. If you notice pain, swelling, bruising, or the inability to bear weight, you need to have us look at your foot right away. If the bone has become misaligned, that must be dealt with first.
Afterward, the foot must be immobilized for a period of time with a cast or a boot. You may even need surgery for fractures to correct any other complications that may have occurred. It can take up to eight weeks for the bone to fully heal. Once it has, you may still need a course of physical therapy to regain strength and function.
For more information on bone fractures, call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.