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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
September 29, 2017
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With nearly a quarter of all the bones in your body being in your feet, it’s not surprising that fractures are a common foot problem that we at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care treat. Although a fracture means a break in the bone, there are two distinct kinds of bone fractures.

General Bone Fracture—the best known type of a break to a bone in the foot is the kind that goes all the way through the bone. This type of break is most often caused by a trauma, such as having a heavy object dropped onto your foot or jamming it in a car accident or sports activity. Within this category of fractures there are other sub-categories that offer more details about a break: stable means there is a break but the bones still are in alignment as opposed to displaced, which is where the ends no longer match up properly. A bone fracture that breaks through the skin is called an open fracture; one that does not is classified as a closed fracture.

Stress Fractures—this second type of break is a little trickier to diagnose. A stress fracture does not go all the way through the bone. It consists of one or more tiny cracks in the surface of the bone. The symptoms of a stress fracture may come and go, causing patients to delay seeking treatment. Common causes of stress fractures are a sudden increase in exercise (either in intensity or time), repetitive pounding pressure on one area of the foot, changing surfaces for a sport or improper training techniques.

Symptoms

Regardless of the type of fracture, symptoms of a break include pain, swelling and sometimes bruising. If you sustained an acute injury or you experience these symptoms from time to time, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050 at your soonest convenience. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will want to examine your foot and will have questions for you about your injury or your symptoms. X-rays or other diagnostic imaging studies may be ordered to further aid in the diagnosis of a fracture. Once the type and severity of a fracture is ascertained, the foot doctor will be able to prescribe the correct treatment to allow the bone to heal properly.

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