Posts for tag: Fracture

By Foot First Podiatry
May 09, 2018
Tags: Fracture  

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 breaksthis 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!

By Foot First Podiatry
January 24, 2018
Tags: Fracture  

The bones in the foot tend to get broken more frequently than other bones, with some estimates indicating that more than 15% of all broken bones occur in the foot or ankle. In many foot injuries, there is usually a relationship between the location of a fracture or break and how the injury occurred. Some examples include a broken heel that is often the result of landing badly after a jump, and toes that fracture after kicking something hard.

A fracture in the foot or ankle often happens without warning, and when you are not expecting it to happen. Stress fractures, on the other hand, can take time to develop, and frequently occur in athletes, gymnasts, and dancers due to all the repeated stress that their bodies endure.

The symptoms of a broken foot will usually include the following:

  • Intense pain—The onset of immediate, severe pain and a sudden inability to put weight on your foot
  • Swelling and bruising—Blueness, numbness, tenderness, and severe swelling may be evident.
  • Deformities—A protruding bone, with cuts and bleeding
  • Shoe removal problems—Can’t get your shoe on or off easily due to pain and swelling

While the symptoms of something small like a broken toe may not be extremely painful, a broken heel bone can be very painful and put you on the sidelines immediately. If you are experiencing severe pain that makes it difficult or impossible to walk, you should see a foot care professional immediately and have the injury evaluated with an x-ray or other diagnostic scans to determine the extent of the damage.

Before making an appointment with your foot doctor, you should do everything possible to decrease pain and swelling and also to immobilize the foot with a splint if necessary. Keep the foot elevated and stabilized, and apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Ibuprofen or other over the counter pain reliever can be taken to reduce inflammation and discomfort.

If you are concerned about a possible broken bone, or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. 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!


Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson recently fractured his left foot during a minicamp practice. Wilson may start the season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. If placed on the list, he will miss the first six weeks of the regular season. Although his injury is unfortunate, Wilson has managed to maintain a positive attitude regarding the situation.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment to prevent exacerbation. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor Epstein will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in New Albany, NY. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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April 29, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Fracture   Trauma  

Wales winger Gareth Bale is suspected to have a broken toe and was forced out of a recent training session. Bale was also pulled from the game against Rayo Vallecano. Madrid fear Bale has fractured his toe; if that is the case, Bale’s season would be coming to an end, and he would need significant time to recover.

While the injury may be serious, it may come as a blessing in disguise, as many Madrid fans believe Bale is the least needed member of Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI. Both Bale and Ancelotti, however, have stood firm, and Bale’s injury could possibly save him for being dropped. 

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. If you have any concerns about your feet contact podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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