What are fractures?

Contrary to popular belief, fractures are not limited to complete breaks in the bone; they can also manifest as cracks and occur in any bone in the body. Consequently, even severe fractures might go unnoticed for months without proper care.

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A fracture occurs when a bone is broken and it can take various forms. Fractures be caused by traumatic events such as falls, motor vehicle accidents, and sports injuries. However, repetitive forces and stress, such as those from running, or conditions like osteoporosis, which weakens bones with age, can also lead to fractures.


  • Accidents and trauma
  • Sports injuries
  • Motor Vehicle accidents

Risk factors

  • Osteoporosis
  • High-Intensity Training and a sudden increase in physical activity levels
  • High Heels
  • Improper Footwear that lacks support
  • Sedentary lifestyle which may cause a deterioration in bone and muscles strength

There is a common misconception that if individuals have engaged in certain activities for numerous years without experiencing pain, then there is no underlying problem.

However, the truth is that even a subtle change to your routine may result in an onset of a fracture. For example:

  • Having a new exercise routine that includes different exercise regimens
  • Increasing the intensity of your workouts
  • Changing your workout environment like transitioning from a treadmill to outdoors.

Fortunately, some fractures can be managed without surgery. However, patients must rest and immobilise the injured areas for 4-8 weeks, varying based on the severity of the condition. Early recognition of these triggers is vital for preventing and addressing fractures effectively.


Podiatrists utilise diagnostic tools such as ultrasound or X-rays to provide detailed images of the injury.

In the case of more severe fractures, surgical intervention may be required. It is important to seek proper care promptly. If fractures are unaddressed, they can lead to delayed recovery and potential complications.

How can fractures be managed?

The approach to managing fractures is customized based on the type and severity of the fracture. Our comprehensive methods include:

  • Offloading Techniques: Utilizing soft, hard, fixed, or removable casts/splints.
  • Bone Healing Methods: Incorporating technologies like Super Inductive System (SIS) or Focal Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT).
  • Regular Monitoring: Weekly reviews to assess progress and adjust the management plan accordingly.
  • Rehabilitation Focus: Targeting muscle recovery and gait training for holistic healing.

Fractures require specific offloading measures, often determined through diagnostic ultrasound and, if necessary, X-rays. It's essential to note that certain fractures, like stress fractures, might not be immediately visible, requiring up to two weeks for bone reaction or callus formation.

At East Coast Podiatry, our podiatrists utilise advanced technologies to facilitate prompt and effective recovery. If you suspect a foot, ankle, or lower limb fracture, seek immediate medical attention. If fractures are unaddressed, they can lead to exacerbated damage over time. Our clinic often encounters cases where foot fractures have been neglected, emphasising the vulnerability of our lower limbs to stress fractures due to the repetitive forces they endure daily.

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Common Symptoms

Sharp immediate pain in the fracture location
Pain can diminish with rest and recurs with activity
Radiating pain
Throbbing pain
Dull aching sensation
Deformities of the foot
Inability to move or bare weight on the foot

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I first saw a surgical specialist for my bad ingrown toenail infection after a fracture and was told nothing could be done until I gave birth. His recommendations which would supposedly alleviate my pain only aggravated my condition. I ended up with hypergranualation, oozing pus and tinea pedis. I sought for a second opinion and chanced upon East Coast Podiatry. My podiatrist Ms Ari Tria was quick in deciding on the procedure I needed. She was reassuring, provided succinct details of what she did during the process and I felt instant relief the minute she was done. She eased my weeks of pain when the surgical specialist could not. Thank you!

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An ankle specialist, such as a podiatrist, will be able to perform a thorough foot assessment using diagnostic tools, such as a musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound to determine the source of your ankle pain. If surgery is required, your podiatrist will refer you to a trusted foot and ankle doctor for surgical solutions.

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