I see a wide variety of foot and ankle injuries in my Houston podiatry office. It's is not uncommon to see broken toes, foot bones, or ankles on a regular basis. This week has been extraordinary, however. On Thursday, for instance, I had already diagnosed four fractures BEFORE 9:30 am!!
The fractures were varied: from an 11 year old who fractured her ankle while wake boarding to a woman who suffered a stress fracture in her sesamoid bone, a small, pea-shaped bone under the ball of her foot. People were coming in limping and leaving wearing fracture boots and on crutches.
Each of these patients did one thing right: They came in right away.
Continuing to walk on an injury, especially a foot fracture, can lead to the injury becoming worse. In the case of a broken bone, further pressure can cause the fracture to shift and displace. This often leads to the need for foot surgery to reposition and correct the fracture. By having their foot injury evaluated early, these fractures were found to be in good position and only require immobilization to heal the broken foot or ankle.
Foot and ankle fractures are serious injuries, however treating them early cam help you avoid surgery. If you had an injury to your foot or ankle, even if you don't think it's a big deal, it is always best to schedule an appointment at Tanglewood Foot Specialists to determine the severity of your injury.