Foot Fracture Specialist in New Jersey
Out of the 206 bones that make up the human body’s skeletal system, 52 of them are located in the feet, making up nearly twenty five percent of the body’s bones. A fracture to one of the many bones in the foot, whether it be the tarsals, metatarsals, or phalanges can be quite painful, but with the proper care, will heal properly and allow you to get back to activities and athletics.
The most common fracture that we see at NJOI in patient’s foot is called a stress fracture. A stress fracture is like a tiny crack in the bone’s surface. Stress fractures are usually caused by overuse, such as long runs or walks, improper training, or changes in training surfaces (ex. grass to asphalt). More severe fractures will extend completely through the bone. A stable fracture occurs when there is a full break in the bone, but the bone remains in alignment, while a displaced fracture moves the broken bone out of alignment. These more severe injuries are the result of trauma, such as a twisting injury or dropping a heavy object on the foot.
Foot fractures are often quite painful, and cause the patient to be unable to bear weight on the affected foot. Pain, swelling, and bruising are often initial symptoms that will occur following the injury. If the fracture is in the phalanges, or toe, the patient may be able to still bear weight, but with significant discomfort. Ignoring foot pain of any level can cause patients to adjust the way they walk, which can lead to the formation of calluses on the foot, as well as other muscular issues over time.
If a fracture in the foot is suspected, keep weight off of the affected foot until you are able to make an appointment to see a NJOI doctor. Applying ice regularly will help with pain and swelling. With hairline fractures, as well as stable fractures, there is often no need to cast the foot, since the bone has not become misaligned. Healing time for bones in the foot range from three to four weeks. During recovery time, it’s best to revisit your training techniques to try to identify the cause of the fracture. Displaced fractures will require the bone to be “set” back into place and kept immobile while it heals and firms up the fracture area. During this time, the patient may be required to wear a short-leg walking cast, a brace, or a flat-bottom shoe. These more severe fractures can take anywhere from six to eight weeks to heal, and will require x-rays during the healing process to ensure that the bone has remained in alignment.
Is foot pain and discomfort slowing down your day to day life? The staff at NJOI can help determine whether you’ve been living with a foot fracture for years, or if you’ve recently suffered one. NJOI’s 6 locations throughout North and Central New Jersey make it convenient for our patients to receive treatment without having to travel far from home. We have offices in Clifton, Wayne, Bridgewater, Butler, and Morristown. Call us to schedule an appointment at 973-273-3431.
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Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.
Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.
Anthony Festa, M.D.
Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.
Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.
Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.
Robert M. Palacios, M.D.
SPORTS MEDICINE PHYSICIAN
Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.
Craig Wright, M.D.
ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA SURGEON
Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.
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