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Foot Fracture

Foot Fracture Doctor NYCWith so many long, thin bones in your feet, it’s a wonder you don’t need a foot doctor in NYC more often. For example, the mid-foot is comprised of the five long bones called the metatarsals. A foot fracture, also referred to as a metatarsal fracture, involves one of these long, mid-foot bones.

Your New York podiatrist can explain the number of ways you can break one of these bones. For example, thinning or weakening bones from osteoporosis makes metatarsal fractures more likely. Also, the more weight you carry, the more apt you are to fracture your foot.

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Different Foot Fractures

According to every foot doctor in NYC, foot fractures are foot injuries that are categorized as either:

  • Acute or stress
  • Open or closed
  • Displaced or non-displaced

An acute fracture is from a sudden injury, like from an accident. A stress fracture is from similar and repeated stress over time. Stress fractures happen to sportsmen and athletes, but can occur to anyone who jogs or runs, even just on the weekend.

An open fracture occurs when the skin breaks over the fracture, creating a path for infection to find its way into your broken bones. Open fractures are serious, as they damage the soft tissues around the bone, which complicates the treatment process. A closed fracture means a clean break, with no broken skin.

A displaced fracture refers to the bones slipping out of alignment after they break. Displaced fractures require the care of a NYC podiatrist to be properly realigned. This may involve metal pins or even plates used to set the bones into place. A non-displaced break simply means the fracture didn’t move the bones out of alignment. These breaks typically heal faster.

Causes of Foot Fracture

Acute foot fractures typically are caused by a direct injury to your mid-foot. This can happen by any number of means, such as:

  • Dropping something on your foot
  • Falling awkwardly
  • Another person stepping on or kicking your foot

Fractures of the base area of the fifth metatarsal can be caused by badly twisting your ankle or foot. In this type of acute injury, the twisting motion tugs on a ligament that attaches to the fifth metatarsal, which then rips off a piece of the bone. Another cause of acute fractures is twisting the foot while landing from a jump or fall. This is a common injury among ballet dancers.

Symptoms of Foot Fracture

All foot fractures cause foot pain. If you fear you’ve suffered an acute fracture, visit New York podiatrist, Dr. Jennifer McCoy. One of the first questions is whether you heard a popping sound when the injury occurred. That’s a sign of a foot fracture.

With an acute fracture, you also experience swelling, pain and bruising. You have difficulty putting weight on your foot. Despite the excruciating pain, you may be able to keep walking. Any foot doctor in NYC can dispel the myth that: “If you can walk on it, it’s not broken.” If you hurt your foot, seek the medical attention of a best NYC podiatrist Dr. Jennifer McCoy.

Symptoms for stress fractures are similar, but without the bruising in most cases. You may hear the popping sound from the break, but you definitely feel immediate pain and some tenderness in your foot. This type of pain is referred to as “pinpoint pain” because it’s localized at the site of the fracture. Broken bones may bleed, so bruising can develop. And you may feel like you can’t put weight on that foot. Movement of your foot can be severely limited as well.

All symptoms should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to exclude any underlying serious condition.

Diagnosis and Treatment

When your podiatrist diagnoses a foot fracture, it’s usually from an evaluation of radiographic tests (e.g., X-rays or an MRI), as well as ultrasonography that uses sound waves to render an image of the anatomy of your foot. Your NYC foot doctor considers your particular foot fracture when recommending treatment. These factors depend on:

  • The severity of the damage — how badly the bone is broken
  • Which of the five metatarsal bones is broken
  • Which area of the bone is fractured
  • Whether the fracture is an open or closed fracture
  • Whether the broken bone is displaced or non-displaced

Some of the basic treatments your foot doctor employs and/or recommends include:

  • Ice: Applying ice to your injured foot reduces pain and swelling, but apply it immediately, within 10–30 minutes of your injury. You can create your own ice pack by packing the ice in a plastic bag and then wrapping it in a towel. You can also put a frozen bag of peas in a towel. Never place ice directly on your skin as it can cause an ice burn.

Your foot doctor NYC may encourage you to gently press ice pack onto the injured area. Ice packs work by reducing the flow of blood to the broken bones and damaged ligaments. Some NYC podiatrists including Dr. Jennifer McCoy recommend repeating the application for 15 minutes every couple of hours during the initial 48 to 72 hours after your injury. Don’t leave ice packs on while you sleep.

  • Elevation: Raising your foot up on a pillow or chair to at least the level of your hip helps reduce swelling by reducing the blood flow to your foot. While you sleep, you can put a pillow under your foot to elevate it.
  • Painkillers: Ibuprofen and acetaminophen — as well as other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers — that you can buy over the counter at a drug store can relieve your pain and reduce the swelling in your foot.
  • Lifestyle changes: Avoid the activity that caused the injury, especially if you suffered a stress fracture, but it also applies to acute factures. Avoiding activity that creates pain in your mid-foot allows your foot to heal. You may need to use a wheelchair or crutches, which your foot doctor in NYC can provide.
  • Rest: Rest aids the healing process of a foot fracture, and sometimes it’s the only treatment your podiatric doctor recommends, even in the case of a traumatic fracture. Healing takes time; give your fracture time to heal before you jump back into your everyday activities.
  • Immobilization: Limiting the mobility of your ankle and feet while you wear a cast or other device allows your bones to heal properly. Effective support devices include a rigid boot, plaster casts or wraps.
  • Physical therapy: Follow-up care suggested by your podiatrist ensures that your foot fracture heals completely and you’re less likely to hurt it again. Physical therapy not only gets you back on your feet, it also strengthens the surrounding muscles.
  • Surgery: In extreme cases, your NYC foot doctor may suggest a surgical procedure. This is usually when your foot requires re-alignment or additional support that metal pins or plates offer.

The healing time for acute metatarsal fractures is typically six to eight weeks.

 

Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not a definitive medical advice. Please consult foot doctor about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or foot specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Do you have any questions about a Foot Fracture surgery in NYC? Would like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top NYC Podiatrist and foot doctor, Dr. Jennifer McCoy of Manhattan Foot Specialists, please contact our office for consultation.

Manhattan Foot Specialists
Dr. Jennifer McCoy, Podiatrist (NYC Foot Doctor)

51 East 25th Street, Ste 409
New York, NY 10010

(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
(212) 687-2930

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The information on this website is to provide general guidance. In no way does any of the information provided reflect definitive medical advice and self diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a best in class podiatrist regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs as it may a sign of a serious illness or condition. A thorough consultation and examination should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call a physician or call our office today and schedule a consultation.