Your feet and ankles handle a lot of pressure and stress daily, making them more susceptible to fractures than other body parts.
Stress fractures usually develop slowly and may show intermittent symptoms, that are hard to diagnose. Some signs to look for are, swelling, redness, and warmth. Your foot doctor can often detect a possible stress fracture during a foot exam and may order X-rays or an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Because of the severity of fractures, it’s important to receive care and treatment ASAP.
Treatment For Stress Fractures Includes…
Immobilize the foot – The only way to effectively heal a stress fracture is to allow the break to heal completely. Your foot doctor may prescribe an immobilizing cast or walking boot, and the initial healing period can take anywhere from four to twelve weeks or more, depending upon the severity of the injury.
Physical therapy – Carefully selected strength and flexibility exercises will be necessary to gradually improve the affected area without causing reinjury.
Slow reintroduction of activities – Slowly introduce sporting and exercise activities. Use low-impact swimming and cycling until you and your foot doctor determine that more stressful activities can be tolerated.
Surgery – In more severe cases a stress fracture may develop into a complete fracture that may require surgery. A recovery period and proper physical therapy lasting six months or longer may be required.
Good news! West Hartford Podiatry offers same-day emergency care services! We are ready and eager to help treat various foot and ankle conditions, diseases, and injuries, including Achilles tendon ruptures, ankle fractures, and foot fractures. If you need immediate podiatry care, give us a call!
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM, treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
Ankle injuries are among the most common injuries we treat. If you are wondering why, think of how easy it is to move your ankle the wrong way. Whether you are playing a sport or simply walking across the room, there is a chance to make the wrong move. The type of injury occurs when the ankle moves unnaturally. While it is pretty common, it is also undertreated or even diagnosed. A minor ankle pain should still be a reason to visit the podiatrist.
The West Hartford Podiatry Associates doctors are the experts in treating ankle pain. Do you know there are many different ways you can injure your ankle? We’re here to share a bit more information and how you can prevent your ankles from taking the wrong turn. We can’t stress enough how important it is to seek medical help. Never ignore an ankle injury.
As you read below, you may notice similar symptoms that alert you of trouble. With the similarities, it can be difficult to name your ankle injury. Visiting a podiatrist can help. They can ask specific questions and take X-rays if necessary.
An ankle sprain is when one of your ligaments is injured. Remember, a wrong twist or turn can cause your ankle to move unnaturally. There is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis for sprains. For some, the sprain may require more attention and time for recovery.
You may be diagnosed with an ankle strain if you stretch or tear your muscle or tendon. Again, the severity can differ. Consider what caused the strain. Beware of a tear, which can cause more pain. Rest is best for ankle injuries, including this one.
A fracture is another word for a broken bone. To sound like a broken record, this type of injury also has many levels of severity. The break can be slight or so severe that the bone has broken through the skin. An X-ray is the best way to determine which fracture has occurred.
Here is the bottom line: If you have an ankle injury, we are the ones to call. With similar symptoms and varying possibilities for severity, it’s best to connect with the experts.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
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