Fractures in the lower leg and foot can be acute and disabling or develop slowly due to repetitive stress. Hermoz Ayvazian, DPM, FACFAS, QME, and his team at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center provide expert diagnosis and treatment for fractures below the knee and in the foot at their branches in Glendale and Burbank, Los Angeles. To receive the best possible care for your fractured bones, call Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center today, or book an appointment online.
Fractures occur when bones break and range from stress fractures that cause hairline cracks to appear in the bones to comminuted fractures in which the bone shatters into multiple pieces.
A compound fracture, where the bone is visible beneath a wound or is sticking through the skin, is a particularly nasty type of fracture. Not only is it likely to be extremely painful, but the exposed tissue and bone is susceptible to infection and serious complications.
Fractures occur as a result of the bone being under too much stress. Bones are inherently rigid, with very little give. They’re also strong, and unless you have a condition like osteoporosis that weakens the bones, they should be able to withstand a fair amount of pressure.
However, sudden, extreme stress, such as falling from a height, or being involved in a car accident, can exert sufficient force on bones to break them. Sometimes trips and slips or playing sports can result in broken bones if the bone or joint is bent or compressed in the wrong way.
Stress fractures are typically due to cumulative damage from constant overloading. For example, if you try to train at a more strenuous pace than your current fitness level, you may suffer a stress fracture. Sometimes skeletal abnormalities can result in overloading and lead to stress fractures.
Fractures in the feet and ankles may cause symptoms that include:
Stress fractures cause slightly different symptoms, as the damage develops more slowly. They hurt more during and just after you use the foot, easing off after rest but worsening when you start moving. The area is tender to touch, but typically lacks the bruising common in acute fractures.
Your provider at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center can give you pain medications and anti-inflammatories to ease the immediate pain. Many types of fractures heal with expertly applied casts or splints that allow the bones to heal naturally, but more complex fractures might require surgery.
As well as carrying out the surgery at Glendale Foot and Ankle Podiatry Center, your provider can aid your recovery with a specially designed program of physical therapy and the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a type of regenerative medicine that promotes healing and new tissue growth.
Call the office today to arrange a consultation or book an appointment online.