Foot Fractures

A foot fracture or broken ankle is fairly common. The human foot is composed by over two dozen bones and the ankle consists of three. These bones are also some of the most utilized and can also be subjected to a great amount of stress.

The severity of a fractured foot or ankle fracture will vary. Fractures may range from minute cracks within the bones to massive breaks that pierce the skin. Treatment options for a fractured foot or broken ankle will depend on the site and severity of the injury. A severely fractured foot or broken ankle may require surgery in order to implant plates, wires screws or rods into the foot to maintain a proper healing position.

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Stress Fracture

A traditional fracture is not to be confused with a stress fracture. Stress fractures are hairline cracks within a bone that are the result of repeated stress to that area. A traditional fracture is usually the result of some sort of serious trauma, like dropping something very heavy onto the foot. The latter of the two will require immediate attention. Although stress fractures can be painful and be potentially problematic, they are not as serious as traditional fractures.

Compound Fracture

Unlike many foot afflictions, this will not require extensive examinations or procedures to diagnose. A compound fracture is a fracture in which the broken bone actually breaks through the skin, making the bone visible from outside your skin. In addition to making the bone visible, it also exposes the bone to dirt and bacteria of all sorts. This immediately increases the seriousness of the injury because of the now added risk of developing infection. Infection may also cause the bone not to heal properly. For this reason, compound fractures are usually treated with surgery.

Comminuted Fracture

These types of fractures are also referred to as multi-fragmentary fractures. Comminuted fractures often involve splintering or crushing of the bone. This type of fracture can occur anywhere along the bone. Comminuted fractures are commonly found in the elderly, or in people who have weakened bone structure. They can also occur due to tremendous force, like a car accident or severe fall. Comminuted fractures will be accompanied by severe pain and possibly loss of consciousnesses. These types of fractures can easily be diagnosed with x-rays.

Symptoms Of A Fracture

You may have a compound fracture of a fractured bone if you are experiencing any one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Instantaneous, throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Deformity
  • Pain that is amplified with physical activity but decreases with rest
  • Inability to properly bear weight or walk
  • Puncture wounds, cuts, or the protrusion of bone

Sometimes, the fracture is accompanied by a popping sound at the time of injury which can lead people to assume they have fractured a bone; however, this is not always the case. The popping sound could be any number of things instead of a fracture, and a fracture can occur with and without audible noise.

Let Us Help You

As Director of the Colorado Foot Institute,Dr. Mechanik is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Board Certified in Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery. He has the medical and surgical skills to treat your foot conditions.He and his family are natives of the Denver area.

Dr. Mechanik received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree  from the the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine which is part of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, a national leader in medical education.

Dr. Mechanik then went on to complete a twenty-four month post-graduate Residency training program in Foot and Ankle Surgery and a twenty-four months surgical Fellowship training program in Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Surgery.

Dr. Mechanik is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.  He is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

After a thorough examination of the affected area and a confirmation of the diagnosis through x-ray testing, Dr. Mechanik will discuss treatment options with you. Pain symptoms will be addressed and treatment options will be discussed with you. These can range from immobilization to surgery. Physical therapy will almost always follow the healing period.