Foot Fracture Treatment in Lafayette, LA, Can Help You Get Back on Your Feet
A foot fracture is a common injury that involves a break in one or more of the foot bones, which include 14 phalanges in the toes and five metatarsal bones in the forefoot. This type of injury often results from direct trauma, such as dropping a heavy object onto the foot or hitting a toe on a piece of furniture. A stress fracture can also develop gradually through overuse. Stress fractures of the foot are common among athletes who participate in high-impact sports, such as basketball and running.
What are the signs of a foot fracture?
In addition to tenderness at the injury site, a foot fracture may cause:
- Pain that intensifies with weight bearing
If you think you might have a foot fracture, you are encouraged to consult with Peter D. Vizzi, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices in Lafayette, Louisiana. Until you are able to see Dr. Vizzi, try to keep weight off your foot, elevate it, and apply ice to reduce swelling.
How is a foot fracture treated?
Although a foot fracture can be very painful, a broken foot bone will usually mend on its own with some rest and activity modification. Treatment can vary depending on the type of injury as follows:
- Toe fractures –To improve comfort as the bone heals, weight bearing should be limited. It may be helpful to wear a wider-than-normal shoe or “buddy tape” the broken toe to an adjacent toe. If the ends of the broken bone have shifted out of position, a physician may need to manipulate or “reduce” the fracture to restore the bone to proper alignment.
- Metatarsal fractures – After an initial period of rest and foot elevation, a cast or walking boot may be worn to allow for gradual weight bearing, as tolerated.
- Avulsion fractures of the fifth metatarsal – The fifth metatarsal (long bone on the outside of the foot) can fracture if the foot is forcefully twisted inward, which can cause an ankle tendon to become overstretched and pull away a bone fragment. As the injury heals, weight bearing may be tolerable if a walking boot is worn.
Most foot fractures do not require surgery unless several metatarsals are broken or the foot is unstable. To address these issues, a surgeon may place an internal fixation device, such as a pin, plate, or screw, to secure the bones in position as they mend.
If you’ve injured your foot and suspect a fracture, contact Dr. Vizzi’s office in Lafayette, LA, to schedule an appointment today