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Foot Fracture Treatment in Houston

Fractures

Broken bones on the foot indicate foot fractures, which are rather common. Causes for fractures are plenty and include car accidents, falls, the impact of something heavy on your foot, simple missteps and overuse of the feet.

Besides these causes, there are some factors that may also place you at a higher risk for a foot fracture. These factors include obesity, high impact sports, improper sports equipment and some jobs like construction site workers.

Even a cluttered or poorly lit house where you cannot see or make yourself around can lead to fractures, along with the presence of some health conditions like osteoporosis and neuropathy.

Signs and symptoms

Symptoms of broken ankles and feet are immediate and throbbing pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness and pain that increases with activity but reduces with rest. Sometimes there may also be a deformity in the foot, cuts or puncture wounds of bone fragments or you may find it difficult to walk or even bear weight on your feet.

Diagnosis

While making a diagnosis, the doctor will look for points of tenderness in the foot and ankle, and check if any nerves and blood vessels have been damaged too. Sometimes the location of the pain will help determine its cause.

Sometimes, the doctor may find it difficult to make a diagnosis. In such cases, the doctor will ask for an x-ray, bone scan or computerized tomography (CT) scan to be taken for an exact diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment for a fracture is varied as it depends on the bone that has broken, and the severity of the fracture. For relief from pain, your doctor will prescribe an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However if you have lots of pain, you may require a prescription narcotic like oxycodone.

Besides this, the doctor will prescribe other procedures to treat the fracture. To help with healing, broken bones may have to be immobilized using a cast so that bone ends can knit together. Removable braces or a shoe with a stiff sole may be sufficient for minor foot fractures while fractured toes are usually taped to a neighboring toe using a piece of gauze.

The doctor may have to manipulate bone pieces into proper positions if you have a displaced fracture. This process is called reduction and depending on the pain and swelling you have, the doctor may prescribe a muscle relaxant, sedative or a general anesthetic before the process.

Sometimes, the doctor may have to use pins, plates or screws through surgery, to maintain the position of bones for fast healing. They may be removed after the fracture heals, especially if they are painful or prominent.

Therapy

Therapy may be required once the fractured bones are healed to loosen stiff ankle and foot muscles and ligaments. You will also be taught exercise to improve bone flexibility and strength by a physical therapist.

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