Foot and ankle injures are common amongst athletes and active individuals. Whether you twisted your ankle, dropped something on our foot, or slip and fell, our specialists at Garden State Pain and Orthopedics can create a personalized treatment plan for you. Read more to learn about our foot and ankle fracture treatment process along with common questions you may have about foot and ankle fractures.
Garden State Pain and Orthopedics offers comprehensive treatment for foot and ankle injuries. The treatment of foot and ankle fractures depends on the type and severity of the fracture. Treatment may vary from conservative (non-surgical) approaches to surgical intervention. At Garden State Pain and Orthopedics we focus on giving patients options that best suit their specific injury. Here is an overview of how foot and ankle fractures are typically treated at our practice:
Initial Assessment and Immobilization:
When a fracture is suspected, the first step is to immobilize the affected area to prevent further injury. This is usually done using some type of brace or boot. Immobilization helps reduce pain and prevents movement that could cause further damage.
Garden State Pain and Orthopedics’ Foot and Ankle Specialist, Dr Scott Hanauer, will conduct a thorough evaluation that includes physical examination and imaging. Our offices are equipped with x-ray and ultrasound, and we may send you to an imaging center to get an MRI to determine the exact location and severity of the fracture.
Conservative (Non-Surgical) Treatment:
Many foot and ankle fractures can be successfully treated without surgery. This typically involves:
In some cases, Garden State Pain and Orthopedics also uses innovative technology such as Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) to expedite recovery. Read more about PRP-Therapy here.
Our specialists will lay out the treatment options available to you. In cases where severe fractures require surgical intervention, or conservative treatment fails, there are few different surgical options include:
Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy:
After the initial treatment, rehabilitation and physical therapy are essential to restore strength, mobility, and function to your foot. This includes exercises, stretching, and functional activities to help patients regain their normal range of motion.
Regular follow-up appointments with a healthcare provider are crucial to monitor the healing progress and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
The timing for returning to weight-bearing activities will depend on the type and location of the fracture. Initially, partial or non-weight bearing may be recommended to protect the healing bones.
Some fractures may require long-term monitoring to ensure there are no complications, such as arthritis or joint instability. It's essential to attend your follow up appointment with Dr. Hanauer to ensure the best possible outcome. Recovery times can vary widely depending on the specific fracture, but with proper care and rehabilitation, many people can regain full function and return to their normal activities.
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Common Foot and Ankle Questions