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Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgeon New York & New Jersey

New York Foot Experts

Podiatrist & Podiatric Surgeon located in Midtown, New York, NY

If you suspect you have a broken ankle or foot, it's imperative to have it evaluated even if your pain is mild, because continuing to use the affected foot may lead to permanent damage and weakness. You can count on the expert care at New York Foot Experts: Daniel Drapacz, DPM, where you'll receive the level of treatment you need and support while you rehabilitate. If you have pain or other symptoms of an ankle fracture or foot fracture, call one of Dr. Drapacz's New York City offices in Chelsea, Midtown Manhattan, Harlem, the Upper East Side and the Financial District.

Ankle Fracture and Foot Fracture Q & A

What are the most common causes of ankle fractures?

An ankle fracture can occur in any of the three bones that form your ankle joint, including the ankle bone and the ends of your two leg bones where they meet the ankle bone. Some of the most common causes of ankle fractures include:

  • Twisting or rotating your ankle
  • Rolling your ankle
  • Injury from falling or tripping
  • Car accidents

What are the most common causes of foot fractures?

Fractures of the toes and forefoot are common, often resulting from a blow or injury to the foot such as kicking a hard object. These bones can also develop stress fractures from overuse injuries associated with high-impact sports like running.

Midfoot fractures, called Lisfranc fractures, are often caused by falling, twisting your foot, or dropping a heavy object on your foot. It takes a high-velocity injury such as a fall from a high area or car accident to injure your hindfoot. The force required to fracture your heel typically leads to extensive damage.

What are the symptoms of ankle and foot fractures?

Fractures vary in severity, so symptoms range from mild to severe. Any type of fracture may cause:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Deformity, if the bone is displaced or dislocated

How are ankle and foot fractures treated?

The location and severity of your fracture determine the type of treatment you’ll need. Fractures need to be stabilized while the bones heal, but that’s accomplished by different methods, depending on the fracture.

A broken toe may only need to be taped to its neighboring toe, while another fracture may need a walking boot, a removable brace, or a cast for optimal stabilization.

When a bone is displaced, or you fracture multiple bones, chances are you'll need surgery to reposition the bone, realign the two broken ends, and repair tissues. For some fractures, Dr. Drapacz may need to stabilize the bones with plates and screws.

You can reduce inflammation and aid healing by staying off your foot and keeping it elevated — at least until you get in to see Dr. Drapacz and he determines the best treatment.

Same-day, Saturday, and evening appointments are available at New York Foot Experts, so don’t hesitate to call if you have symptoms of a broken ankle or foot.

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