Fractures anywhere in the foot or ankle can be tough to heal. However, if you seek treatment from Michael Maskill, DPM, and the experienced providers at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists in Portage and Three Rivers, Michigan, you can get a customized treatment that helps you regain full function again.

Schedule your appointment via the online booking tool now or by calling the office nearest you to arrange a visit with the team.

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What is a fracture?

A fracture is a break in your bone. Fractures can range from tiny hairlines to severe large breaks. A fracture in your foot or ankle can be a major issue because, after all, your feet have to support your entire body when you move.

Fractures are common among athletes and casual sports participants, but they can occur to anyone. Another cause of fractures is slip and fall or trip and fall. Sometimes, osteoporosis can lead to fractures.

What are the signs of a fracture?

There are several signs to watch out for in foot and ankle fractures, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising, which may spread
  • Difficulty bearing weight on your foot
  • A grating feeling when moving your ankle or foot

If you notice any of the symptoms above, get in touch with your podiatrist at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

How does a doctor evaluate a fracture?

Your podiatrist at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists starts with a comprehensive evaluation of your feet and ankles. Usually, this includes X-rays or other imaging tests.

Some fractures aren't visible on X-rays, and if that's the case, your podiatrist may need the more advanced imaging capabilities to determine the exact location of the fracture.

What is the treatment for fractures?

Fracture treatment varies according to your symptoms. Some treatment options the team at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists may recommend include:

  • Rest and staying off your feet
  • Immobilization with a walking cast or boot
  • Oral medication for short-term pain relief
  • Fracture reduction to line the bone up for better healing

If the less invasive options above don't work for you, surgery may be needed to repair your fracture. However, many fractures heal quite well with nonsurgical options and the team focuses on the best conservative treatment plans that avoid the need for surgery.

Do I need to be extra-cautious after my fracture is healed?

If your fracture heals fully, there's often no reason to worry about re-injury. However, it's important that you take precautions when playing sports or engaging in other potentially risky activities. Always wear proper protective equipment and don't take chances.

If you suspect a fracture, don't delay in getting the help you need now. Book an appointment with Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists through the online tool or call the location closest to you to schedule an appointment today.

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