Fractures are broken bones. They are extremely common in the foot and ankle due to sport related injurys and trauma. There are 33 bones in the foot and they can occur within any of them in the form of a stress fracture within the bone or a bone break.
- The fibula is the smaller leg bone located to the outside border of your leg and often more suseptial to fracture than it bigger brother the tibia. Treatment of a fracture here would depend upon the how and where the injury occurs along the bone. Often patient will be plaster cast or be asked to wear a Cam walker boot for a period of time
- Heel Bone fractures occur in the calcaneous. They are extremely painful and will render the patient unable to bear weight. Often due to jumping or falling from great height onto your foot. It is extremely important they are treated corrected and may require surgery.
- Fractures of talus often require surgery. This is an extremely important bone that form the ankle joint pivot point. Often an injury to the talus will result in secondary arthritis throughout the ankle joint later in life
- Navicular stress fracture occurs within the middle of the foot’s inside border. Generally associated with athletics and overuse. The stress fracture pain will begin as a mild vague pain that gets worse with time and activity. A bone scan or MRI is usually required to diagnose a stress fracture. A period of non weight-bearing in cast or a cam walker is necessary to treat this injury
- Fracture within the Lis Franc complex includes multiple bones of the midfoot and dislocation of the joints. It is a fracture common to skier and car accident bracing impact injury. This fracture may require surgery, but again depends on the degree of injury which your podiatrist will assess with imaging
- A Jones Fracture is a common fracture of the bases of the 5th metatarsal. It occurs when a person rolls their ankle to the outside. Patient who sustain this injury will have intense swelling and find it difficult to bear weight on their foot. They will require casting or a cam walker for a non weight bearing period of time
- Metatarsal stress fractures along the shaft of the foot bones generally occur in patients who increase their activity rapidly. The podiatrist will require a bone scan or MRI to diagnose the stress fracture. You will be required to be non weight bearing.