Fracture

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center

Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons & Podiatry located in Midwood & Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY

If you suspect you have a foot or ankle fracture, it’s important to get treatment as quickly as possible to prevent permanent damage or weakness. Your doctor at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center treats your fracture with the most conservative measures possible, but when your fracture is severe, you can count on his surgical expertise. He’s board certified in foot surgery, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, and is licensed to perform advanced ankle procedures. To schedule a prompt appointment, call one of the offices in Brooklyn, New York, or book an appointment online.

Fracture Q & A

What are the most common causes of ankle fractures?

You can break any of the three bones that form the ankle joint: the ankle bone (talus) and your two leg bones (tibia and fibula) where they meet the ankle bone.

Ankle fractures are commonly caused by rolling your ankle inward or outward or a high-energy trauma such as falling from a high place.

What are the most common foot fractures?

Your foot is a complex structure consisting of 26 bones that are all susceptible to fractures. A few of the foot fractures often treated at Advanced Foot & Ankle Care include:

Toes and forefoot

These are the most commonly fractured parts of your feet, usually due to an injury such as hitting your foot against a hard object.

Midfoot fracture (Lisfranc fracture)

The Lisfranc joint is the area of your foot where metatarsals (the long bones leading up to your toes) and the bones in your arch connect. Fractures in this area typically occur when a heavy object falls on the top of your foot.

Heel fracture (calcaneus fracture)

Your heel bone consists of very hard bone on the outside with spongy bone on the inside. It takes a lot of force to fracture your heel, but once it breaks, severe damage occurs because the softer inner bone collapses.

What are the symptoms of a fracture?

You may experience mild or severe symptoms, but all fractures cause some degree of:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to bear weight

If your bone is displaced, you may also see an obvious deformity in your foot.

How are foot and ankle fractures treated?

If you suspect you have a fracture, you can begin care at home following the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression bandage, and elevation.

Fractures require immobilization to give the bones time to heal, but the type of immobilization depends on your fracture. It can range from taping your toes to a walking boot or cast.

Any type of fracture may need surgical repair if it’s severe. Surgery is essential, however, when you have a compound fracture with the bone protruding through your skin or you fracture multiple bones.

Dr. Voloshin and Dr. Ates have extensive experience performing surgery to reposition bones, repair soft tissues, and to stabilize the bone with plates, pins, and screws when necessary.

If you have symptoms of a foot or ankle fracture, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Center or book an appointment online.