We all know that professional and Olympic athletes are more susceptible to experiencing fractures due to the intense amount of force and strength they deal with during competition and training. But a fracture of the foot or ankle can happen to anyone and is one of the leading causes of injury seen by podiatrists.
Types of foot and ankle fractures
There are two major types that are delineated depending upon the force applied during the break:
● A stress fracture—This type of fracture occurs gradually, rather than being the result of a single stressful event. A common cause of stress fractures is the continuous pounding of repetitive motions involved in sports such as running, basketball, and tennis. These are also known as hairline fractures and can be triggered by a shift in workout surfaces from hard to soft. Osteoporosis and other bone abnormalities can contribute to the severity of a stress fracture.
● An acute fracture—These are breaks that occur suddenly and may involve a total or partial separation of the bone. You will experience a total inability to walk on the affected foot plus pain, swelling, and bruising, and surgery may be required.
The different types of acute fractures include:
Stable fractures—the ends of the bones only slightly out of place
Compound breaks—this is the worst type of fracture since the skin is usually broken and an infection can easily occur leading to other complications
Oblique breaks—a diagonal break across the bone
Transverse fractures—a horizontal break
Comminuted fractures— a complex break in which the bone is shattered into multiple pieces requiring extensive reconstruction
If you have experienced any of these fractures, it is extremely important to enlist the services of a foot care professional to ensure the correct diagnosis, treatment, and successful recovery, so be sure to schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!