FAQ - Fractures

What is the best first aid for a fracture?

First aid for a broken bone in your foot will vary depending on the location and severity of the fracture, but will usually cover the same basic steps.

Broken Toe X RayIt goes without saying that if the injury is severe (including serious wounds) or the pain is intense—a genuine medical emergency—then one should contact 911 right away. While waiting for emergency help to arrive, keep the break as immobile as possible and stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound, ideally with a sterile bandage (if one is available) or a clean cloth or piece of clothing.

For non-emergencies, follow the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) protocol. Relieve the foot from weight-bearing activity, apply ice (wrapped in a towel) periodically, lightly compress the injury with an elastic bandage, and elevate above heart level. Doing so will help you limit pain and swelling as much as possible.

If you think you’ve broken a bone in your feet or ankles, visit Aadvanced Foot Care Associates in Queens, NY as soon as you can. Our trained specialists can fully diagnose your condition and get you on the best possible path to recovery. Schedule an appointment today in Rego Park (718-896-4433), Flushing (718-969-2266), or Plainview (616-822-9595).

How long does it take to recover from a heel fracture?

Although a heel fracture usually results from something like a bad fall or a car accident, you can get stress fractures—small cracks in the surface—from overuse. Recovery time for a broken heel depends on what sort of break it is.

A stress fracture often responds well to rest and conservative treatments, and you may be up and about again in a few weeks. For a full calcaneus fracture, there are many factors. Are the bones stable (lined up properly) or do they need surgery? Have the fragments pierced the skin? Is the bone broken in several places?

Healing time will vary—depending on these factors—from a few months to a year or more. A heel fracture is a serious business. In some cases, despite our best efforts and your following of all recovery instructions, you must prepare yourself for the possibility that the use of your foot may always be somewhat limited.

If you have a broken heel, come to the experts. Our staff at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates is highly trained and experienced in dealing with foot trauma. Call our offices for an appointment.

How do I know if my toe is broken?

Broken toe symptoms can be similar to those of a strained or stubbed toe, but certain signs point to a fracture. Pain is the first symptom of most injuries, but with a break it will be severe and not go away in a day or two. If the toe looks swollen—bigger than its counterpart—or has discoloration or bruising, it may be broken. Keep an eye on it and get medical help if it doesn’t improve in a day or two.

If your toe looks out of shape or points in the wrong direction; is cold, numb, or tingly; turns blue from lack of oxygen; or the bone has pierced the skin, don’t wait to have us examine it. A severe break such as this will need more than simple rest to heal correctly. Give Aadvanced Foot Care Associates a call in Rego Park, NY at (718) 896-4433, in Flushing at (718) 969-2266, or in Plainview at (516) 822-9595. Under our expert care, your toe will soon be as good as new!

What is the difference between a fracture and a dislocation?

Both injuries can cause similar symptoms: pain or tenderness, swelling, bruising, possible bleeding, and the risk of numbness from nerve damage.

A fracture involves a break in the bone tissue—either a slight crack in the surface (stress fracture) or a complete fracture. Serious consequences can occur when a bone is broken in several places or crushed, or pierces the skin and opens the body to infection.

A dislocation is displacement of the bones in a joint. The joint is temporarily deformed and damage can occur to surrounding blood vessels and nerves. Even after healing, there is always a chance of recurrence because the ligaments and tendons may be weakened.

If you suspect either type of injury in your foot or ankle, seek medical help as soon as possible. Prepare yourself for some limitations while the injury is healing, such as no weight bearing and a possible brace or cast, depending on which bones or joints are involved.

Aadvanced Foot Care Associates staff is expert at dealing with traumatic injuries such as these. Call one of our three locations for an appointment:  Rego Park (718) 896-4433, Plainview (516) 822-9595, or Flushing, NY (718) 969-2266.

What is an avulsion fracture?

As the name indicates, an avulsion fracture is a type of fracture, but there is a specific reason this kind of injury receives a special designation. Bone fractures can be sustained due to several different reasons. In this case, the fracture happens when a connective tissue (tendon or ligament) pulls off a piece of the bone. This can basically take place anywhere in the body, but it does tend to be more common in a few specific locations.

When it comes to your lower limbs, the most likely location for an avulsion fracture is the fifth metatarsal bone (the long bone in your foot closest to the outer edge of the foot). This fracture can happen when the peroneal tendon—which is attached to the base of the metatarsal—pulls the foot one way, while the foot twists in the opposite direction.

No matter what kind of fracture you sustain in a foot or ankle, be sure to come see us here at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates for the effective care you need. Call our Rego Park office at (718) 896-4433, our Plainview office (516) 822-9595, or our Flushing office at (718) 969-2266 for more information or to request an appointment.

Will my toe fracture need surgery?

Whether or not you need surgery for a toe fracture depends on several factors, including the type of facture sustained. In the case of a stress fracture, for example, surgery is almost never necessary. If you sustain a compound fracture from physical trauma (accident, sport injury), the odds are decent that you will need toe fracture surgery.

As a rule of thumb with broken bone treatment, a bone where the broken parts do not line up must be addressed with surgery. When they do line up, treatment is centered on stabilizing the area so the tissue can mend in a normal fashion.

Determining the extent of your toe fracture will usually require diagnostic imaging (X-rays, MRI). Once we have assessed the injury, we will create your treatment plan.

Whenever you experience pain or discomfort in your toes, feet, or ankles, come see us here at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates. Our team of podiatric experts will effectively address the problem for you. For information on the services we provide at our three New York offices—Rego Park, Plainview, and Flushing—simply give us a call at (718) 896-4433 or (516) 822-9595. You can also contact us directly with our online form now.

 

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