Foot And Ankle Fractures Specialist

Eastside Podiatry PLLC

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon & Diabetic Wound Care Specialists located in St. Clair Shores, MI

Foot and ankle fractures are common sports-related injuries and problematic if left untreated. At Eastside Podiatry PLLC in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, board-certified podiatrists Hatim Burhani, DPM, FACFAS, and Siraj Panchbhaiya, DPM, and their expert team offer advanced solutions to diagnose and treat fractures, reduce pain, accelerate healing, and restore your quality of life. Book an appointment by phone or online for an evaluation today.

Foot and Ankle Fractures Q & A

What are foot and ankle fractures?

Foot and ankle fractures occur when a part of your bone cracks or breaks. Fractures are common, affecting millions of people each year in the United States. They can range from mild to severe and debilitating. Fracture care with the experts at Eastside Podiatry PLLC helps ensure your injury heals properly.

What are the symptoms of foot and ankle fractures?

If you have a foot or ankle fracture, you might experience some of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Warmth
  • Numbness
  • Redness or discoloration 
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Limited mobility
  • Inability to walk or run
  • A visible deformity

Seeking fracture care right away is the best way to accelerate healing, prevent complications, and ensure your injury heals properly. 

What causes foot and ankle fractures?

Foot and ankle fractures can result from falling down, playing sports, or a direct blow to a bone. Repetitive force, such as running, also puts you at risk for fractures. Having low bone density or osteoporosis increases your risk of developing fractures in your foot, ankle, or other parts of your body.

How are fractures diagnosed?

To diagnose foot and ankle fractures and develop a treatment plan, your podiatrist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They might use X-rays, MRIs, bone scans, CT scans, or other imaging procedures to determine the type of fracture you have and its severity. 

How are foot and ankle fractures treated?

Fracture treatments available at Eastside Podiatry PLLC include:

Casts and splints

Placing a cast or splint on the fractured area immobilizes your bone to ensure the injury heals properly. 

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

PRP is sourced from your blood. When injected into the site of an injury, it naturally stimulates cell regeneration and healing. Your podiatrist might combine PRP with other fracture treatments.

Medications

Your provider might recommend taking certain medications to reduce inflammation and pain while a foot or ankle fracture heals.

Traction

Traction is a nonsurgical fracture treatment in which your doctor uses weights and pulleys to stretch tendons and muscles around broken bones.

External fixation

Your podiatrist can place external pins, screws, or rods outside your body to hold bones in their proper alignment while a fracture heals.

Surgical procedures

The team at Eastside Podiatry PLLC offers minimally invasive surgery using tiny incisions to realign broken bones and ensure they heal properly. 

At the first sign of foot and ankle fractures, see the experts at Eastside Podiatry PLLC for an evaluation. Call the office today or book an appointment online at any time.