Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute

Foot & Ankle Fractures

Foot & Ankle Fractures

Foot & Ankle Fractures services offered in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, UT

Foot and ankle fractures can cause great pain and require medical intervention from expert podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute. If you’ve suffered a foot or ankle injury, don’t hesitate to book your appointment at the American Fork, Utah, or Saratoga Springs, Utah office. Call or use the online scheduling tool to get the care you need.

What are foot and ankle fractures?

Foot and ankle fractures are common injuries that can occur for various reasons, such as accidents, falls, sports-related injuries, or trauma. When a bone in the foot or ankle breaks, it’s referred to as a fracture.

What symptoms occur with foot and ankle fractures? 

Symptoms of foot and ankle fractures can vary depending on the severity and location of the fracture. Common signs include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty applying weight or pressure on the affected foot or ankle
  • Deformity or misalignment of the foot or ankle
  • Cracking or snapping sound at the time of injury

If you have any abnormalities in your foot or ankle, you should see your medical professional at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute to confirm your diagnosis and receive proper treatment.

Can foot and ankle fractures heal on their own? 

Fractured foot and ankle bones generally require medical attention and treatment. While some minor fractures may heal on their own with rest, immobilization, and time, you should see your provider at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute for an evaluation to ensure your bone heals correctly and to prevent complications.

How are foot and ankle fractures treated?

Treatment options for foot and ankle fractures vary depending on the type and severity of your fracture. In some cases, nonsurgical treatments like immobilization with a cast, splint, or walking boot may be sufficient. This helps stabilize the fractured bones and promote healing. 

For more severe fractures, surgery may be required to realign the broken bones and stabilize them with metal plates, screws, or rods. Surgery allows for better alignment of the bones and can promote faster healing. 

After surgery, a period of immobilization and rehabilitation exercises may be necessary to regain your strength and range of motion.

In addition to immobilization and surgery, over-the-counter pain medications may be recommended. Your provider can prescribe stronger pain medications if needed.

Your provider will likely recommend physical therapy or rehabilitation exercises to restore strength, flexibility, and function to the foot and ankle after the fracture has healed. These exercises help improve your balance and stability and can prevent future complications, such as stiffness or muscle weakness.

If you have questions about foot and ankle fractures, call or book an appointment online today.