Fracture Surgery and Treatment
A fracture is a break in a bone caused by a fall, accident or other type of injury, which can range from a small crack (stress fracture) to a complete break, depending on the severity of the injury and the patient's bone health. Fractures within the bones of the foot and ankle can cause pain, swelling, stiffness and a variety of other symptoms that can significantly affect a patient's quality of life.
Foot and ankle fractures may occur within the:
- Digits (toes/phalanges)
- Lisfranc joint (midfoot)
- Metatarsals (long bones of the forefoot)
- Calcaneus (heel)
Treatment for fractures can vary depending on the severity of the condition, but often begins with conservative techniques such as rest, protective footwear and casting. Pain medication may be prescribed to take as needed for temporary symptom relief. In some cases, surgery may be required to restore proper bone alignment and promote healing. Surgery may involve the use of metal pins, screws and plates to hold the bones in place while they heal.
After surgery, patients will need to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process to restore movement and function to the foot. Full healing can take several weeks to several months, depending on each patient's individual condition.