The tremendous amount of stress and force your feet and ankles endure can sometimes result in fractures. At Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic, which has locations in Pocatello, Soda Springs, Idaho Falls, and Montpelier, Idaho, as well as two in Thayne and Jackson, Wyoming, experienced podiatrists Adam Matthews, DPM, and Karson Howard, DPM, provide complete care for foot and ankle fractures. Call Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic today, or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

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What are foot and ankle fractures?

Fractures are bone breaks that can develop from gradual or sudden force. While fractures can occur anywhere on your body, they can be especially damaging to the feet and ankles. 

Your lower extremities provide mobility and support for the rest of the body. When you can’t bear weight on your feet and ankles comfortably, standing or walking may not be possible.

What are the symptoms of foot and ankle fractures?

The symptoms of foot and ankle fractures can often mimic the signs of sprains, strains, and other common injuries. Since foot and ankle fractures aren’t always obvious, it’s important to seek treatment right away to prevent complications.

Common symptoms of foot and ankle fractures include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Difficulty moving your toes
  • An obvious deformity

If you can’t bear weight on your foot or ankle without pain, you may have a fracture or other potentially serious injury.

Are there different types of foot and ankle fractures?

Understanding the type of fracture you have helps the podiatrists at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic determine the appropriate treatment for your condition. The three types of fractures that can affect your feet and ankles are:

Stress fractures

Also called a hairline fracture, a stress fracture is the result of repetitive stress. As the feet and ankles endure chronic pressure and force, small cracks in the bone can develop.

Compound fractures

A compound fracture is severe enough to protrude through the skin. Fragments of bone may pierce the skin and cause tissue damage.

Partial fractures

Partial fractures don’t break the affected bone into two pieces. Instead, they cause incomplete breaks or cracks.

How are foot and ankle fractures diagnosed?

Your podiatrist at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic performs a comprehensive physical exam of your feet and ankles to diagnose fractures. 

They may also order several imaging tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound scans, to investigate the severity and exact location of your fracture. 

What are the treatments for foot and ankle fractures?

After a full evaluation, your podiatrist at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic can determine the right combination of foot and ankle fracture treatments for you, such as:

  • Rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Immobilization (bracing, casting, etc.)
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery

If you suspect you have a foot and ankle fracture, don’t hesitate to reach out to Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic. Call the location nearest you or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.