Fractures

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Podiatrist located in Clifton, NJ

Having a foot or ankle fracture can certainly be overwhelming. After all, Velimir Petkov, DPM, of Premier Podiatry understands how difficult it can be to stay off your injured foot to let it heal. Whether your fracture is minor, such as a stress fracture, or more severe, Dr. Petkov can treat you and help you have a full recovery. Schedule your fracture evaluation at this Clifton, New Jersey, podiatry practice by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the office directly to book.

Fractures Q & A

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What causes a foot or ankle fracture?

Breaking a bone — no matter where it is in your body — can be one of the most painful and overwhelming injuries you ever have. You may hear or feel that sudden “snap” or “pop,” indicating a broken bone if you:

  • Trip and fall
  • Get into an auto accident
  • Miss a step on a flight of stairs
  • Have something heavy land on your foot

Bone fractures even occur from overuse, which is a stress fracture. These types of bone injuries often happen in weight-bearing areas, such as your feet and ankles. Stress fractures start out as tiny cracks that can worsen over time with repetitive motions or force.

In some cases, though, you might be more prone to having fractures, especially stress fractures, if you have weakened bones, possibly from osteoporosis.

What are the symptoms of a foot or ankle fracture?

Foot and ankle fractures sometimes have obvious symptoms. For instance, if you have a bony bump where it seems as though bone is poking through your skin, you might be able to tell right away that you have a fracture.

The signs and symptoms of foot and ankle fractures aren’t always that obvious, however. Fractures can also lead to:

  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot
  • Bruising, swelling, or tenderness
  • Throbbing or stabbing pain

You might even find that your pain gets worse with activity, then gradually starts to subside as you rest and elevate your foot. Because your fracture is probably only going to worsen without proper treatment, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Petkov at Premier Podiatry as soon as your injury occurs.

How are foot or ankle fractures treated?

Your foot or ankle fracture treatment plan just depends on the severity of your injury. Dr. Petkov generally gets digital X-ray images right in the office and performs a comprehensive evaluation. Once he better understands the severity of your foot or ankle fracture, he can design your treatment plan, which may include:

  • Wrapping, bracing, or splinting
  • Reduction procedure to realign bones
  • Anti-inflammatory medications or painkillers

You could need surgery for a severe fracture. Dr. Petkov can implant screws, plates, or pins to help your bones stay in proper alignment during your healing process.

No matter which type of treatment is right for you, Dr. Petkov may suggest physical therapy after you’re healed, to help rebuild your strength and prevent reinjury.

If you think you have a foot or ankle fracture, schedule an evaluation at Premier Podiatry right away. Book online or over the phone.