Foot And Ankle Fractures

Stockdale Podiatry Group -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Stockdale Podiatry Group

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists located in Bakersfield, CA & Delano, CA & Porterville, CA

Foot and ankle fractures can occur at any time, resulting in severe pain, swelling, and immobility. At Stockdale Podiatry Group in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, the skilled team of podiatrists diagnoses and treats foot and ankle fractures in people of all ages. To receive prompt attention and comprehensive care, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool, or call the nearest office today.

Foot and Ankle Fractures Q & A

What are foot and ankle fractures?

A fracture occurs when you break one or more of your bones. 

Foot and ankle fractures vary in location and severity. Some are small hairline fractures that cause mild discomfort and swelling, while others cause the entire bone to snap, affecting your mobility and requiring the use of crutches or a wheelchair. 

Foot and ankle fractures affect people of all ages, but they’re especially common in physically active individuals and athletes.

What causes foot and ankle fractures?

Foot and ankle fractures occur for various reasons, including trips and falls, dropping heavy objects like tools or weights, and automobile accidents. You might also experience a foot and ankle fracture while playing sports or participating in physically demanding work.

Do foot and ankle fractures present symptoms?

Common symptoms of foot and ankle fractures include:

  • Immediate, severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness, tenderness, or warmth
  • Protruding bone or other visible abnormality

If you fracture your foot or ankle, you might also have difficulty putting weight on the affected limb.

How are foot and ankle fractures diagnosed?

To diagnose foot and ankle fractures, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group reviews your medical history, conducts a physical exam, and asks questions, including how the injury occurred, how severe your symptoms are, and its effect on your mobility.

The team visually observes your foot and ankle, gently presses on them to pinpoint the source of discomfort, and has you perform a few range of motion exercises. 

Afterward, your provider orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan to get detailed pictures of the bones and joints that make up your feet and ankles. The team combines all of this information to develop a custom treatment plan.

How are foot and ankle fractures treated?

Treatment of foot and ankle fractures depends on the severity and location of the broken bone. Whenever possible, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group recommends conservative, noninvasive treatments like:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Casting and bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy

If you have a severe fracture that won’t respond to integrative treatments, you might benefit from foot and ankle surgery. The team offers minimally invasive procedures on an outpatient basis.

To receive treatment for foot and ankle fractures, request a consultation at Stockdale Podiatry Group. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.