A foot or ankle fracture is a major injury. If you try to push through this type of injury, you could eventually develop bone deformities, nerve damage, and unbearable pain. There's also a risk of permanent disability. That’s where Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group can step in to help. The dedicated team of multidisciplinary specialists, including podiatrists and cardiovascular experts, offers customized foot and ankle fracture care in Greater Heights and Downtown Houston, Texas, with a third office in Kingwood, Texas, for your convenience. Book an appointment online or by phone.
Foot and ankle fractures may happen in many ways. Most fractures happen in situations such as:
These injuries are quite common in athletes, but you can also fracture your foot or ankle in your own home. Walking on or otherwise using a weak or unstable foot and ankle, such as running with an ankle sprain, can greatly increase your risk of fractures.
If you have ankle or foot instability, pain, swelling, bruising, or if you can't bear weight on your foot, call the Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group office right away.
The team can diagnose your fracture or other foot and ankle issue and start your treatment that same day. Although a fracture can heal on its own in some cases, you usually need to take specific steps to help it heal the right way.
Foot and ankle fracture care plans can vary based on the seriousness of the fracture. If you have a stable fracture — one that can heal naturally without surgery — you'll likely need a protective cast, brace, or boot.
If you have a displaced fracture, in which the bone doesn't properly line up, or if you have a multipart fracture (bone broken into at least three pieces), you may need foot or ankle surgery. Your surgeon can use a variety of stabilizing methods, including plates, pins, and screws, to realign your bones and stimulate healing.
Physical therapy, which strengthens and improves flexibility, is also essential as you heal. The team provides specific advice about your fracture recovery. Following your treatment plan closely is the best way to reclaim full use of your foot and ankle as soon as possible.
For foot and ankle fracture care from the best local professionals, call Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group or book an appointment online.