Foot & Ankle Fractures
Our Award-Winning Physicians Can Help With Your Fracture Treatment
Fractures of the feet and ankles can occur at any time and during any activity—from a casual morning jog to an intense athletic competition. Regardless of how they happen, though, foot fractures can significantly reduce your mobility and impair your quality of life.
After the injury, you may experience pain, swelling, bruising, blisters, and other symptoms. Taking more than four steps without pain—sometimes even less—may be impossible. Even if you can bear weight to some extent, it doesn’t mean you aren’t still dealing with a fracture. Even a “simple” ankle sprain might be masking a broken bone underneath.
When you visit our office, the first step is to take an X-ray to visualize the damage and determine a proper treatment course. Often, these fractures do not require surgery. However, our goal is always to ensure anatomic alignment of the fracture for optimal functional recovery, whether this is accomplished through surgical or nonsurgical means.
Because we offer same-day appointments, so you can often skip the ER or urgent care and go straight to a foot and ankle expert, today.
Treatment for Stress Fractures
Sometimes, bones don’t break all the way through. A stress fracture is a small, incomplete crack in bone that occurs from repetitive stress.
Stress fractures are most likely to occur after a recent change in activity—for example, a new exercise or sport, or a sudden increase in the intensity of your workout. Other risk factors include barefoot running or osteoporosis.
In theory, any bone can develop a stress fracture, but the long metatarsal bones in the middle of your feet are the most vulnerable. You may experience pain in the ball of the foot, swelling on top of the forefoot, and occasionally bruising or redness. Pain tends to be chronic and is often worse after walking barefoot.
If not properly treated, stress fractures can worsen into full fractures, which have a longer and more difficult recovery. The earlier you seek treatment—ideally right after symptoms start—the better the prognosis. That is why you should never hesitate to seek a professional evaluation for suspected stress fractures.
Often, initial X-rays will come up negative. However, if your symptoms are consistent with a stress fracture it is best to begin treatment anyway and repeat X-rays in about 2 to 3 weeks. At that time, we may see a small bone callus forming, which is classic sign of a stress fracture.
Proper treatment requires the use of a walking boot for up to 6-8 weeks. We also recommend ice and elevation daily to reduce swelling and pain. Stress fractures that are not treated early and worsen into full fractures may require the use of a cast.
Schedule your appointment with Waco Foot & Ankle today by calling (254) 776-6995.
At Waco Foot & Ankle, our team of highly trained, award-winning physicians is guided by a simple goal—helping you recover as quickly as possible from whatever is hurting your feet or ankles, so that you can go back to living the lifestyle you enjoy.
We provide a full range of services for almost all common (and not so common) injuries, illnesses, deformities, and other conditions of the feet and ankles. And we listen and work closely with you to develop a custom treatment plan that works best for your condition, your goals, and your lifestyle.
Read on to learn more about the conditions we treat, and some of the advanced services we provide.
Millions of Americans suffer from heel pain on a regular basis, for a wide range of reasons—shoes, occupations, hobbies, structural problems with their feet, and more. But heel pain is not inevitable. And at our Heart of Texas Heel Pain Center, the doctors of Waco Foot & Ankle can diagnose and reverse your heel pain using a variety of both traditional and advanced methods, including stem cell therapy and MLS laser therapy.
Texans love to play—whether that means football, soccer, baseball, running, or any other sport! Unfortunately, that can often lead to painful, sometimes even debilitating injuries to the feet and ankles. Fortunately for you, the team at Waco Foot & Ankle offers advanced care options for traumatic injuries like sprains and broken bones, as well as overuse injuries like shin splints and stress fractures. The goal, of course? Getting you back in the game at 100%, as quickly and as safely as possible.
While almost all foot problems can occur in both sexes, some conditions are just much more likely to develop in women due to differences in foot structure, biochemistry, and even popular footwear styles. Our physicians are experts in dealing with common women’s foot problems—including bunions, hammertoes, and skin conditions—and can provide multiple treatment options to best suit your individual needs and lifestyle.
Did you know that about 25% of people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lifetime—and that nearly 100,000 Americans per year require amputations to stop the progression of diabetic wounds with uncontrolled infections? At our office, we provide advanced wound care—including the use of amniotic stem cells—to heal diabetic ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and other types of lower extremity wounds as quickly as possible.
Other Conditions We Treat and Services We Provide
In addition to the specialty areas mentioned above, the Waco Foot & Ankle team provides the highest quality care for a wide variety of other conditions. Click any of the buttons below to learn more about our service areas.
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201 Colonnade Parkway, Suite #100
Woodway, TX 76712