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Types of Foot Fractures

There are many different ways you can break your foot. In fact, foot and ankle fractures are among the most frequent problems confronted by podiatrists. While professional athletes may be more susceptible to a fracture due to the constant stress and physical demands of their sport, everyday exercise routines and accidents produce their fair share of broken bones. The amount and location of force applied to the bone determines how and where it will break.

Some of the different types of bone fractures that can affect the feet and ankles include:

Acute bone fractures

Usually the result of extreme force and pressure, an acute fracture involves an actual break to the bone, either partial or complete. The different types of acute fractures include:

  • Comminuted—The bone is shattered into multiple pieces.
  • Oblique—The fracture occurs on a diagonal.
  • Transverse—This is a horizontal fracture.
  • Compound—When the bone breaks through the skin, it is a compound fracture. This is often the most complicated type to treat since infections are more likely to occur.
  • Stabilized—If the ends of the bones are barely out of place, the fracture is stable and more easily treated.

Stress fractures

These are the types of cracks that can develop over a period time from the repeated stress of physical activity encountered in sports and the workplace. They can also affect people who suffer from weakened bone structure due to osteoporosis. Another frequent cause is a sudden increase in the intensity of a workout program. It is best to increase a workout regimen gradually to avoid these types of injury.

If you have suffered a fracture to your foot or ankle, it is vital to get help from a foot care specialist to ensure proper recovery. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

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