Fractures often present as:
- Sharp immediate pain in the fracture location
- Pain can diminish with rest and recurs with activity
- Radiating pain may be present
- Throbbing pain may be present at night-time
- Tenderness, swelling, or bruising at the site of injury
- Dull aching sensation
- Foot shape changes / deformities of the foot
- Inability to move or bare weight on the foot
- Often-times, there can be no pain at all
Fracture cases often heal without surgical intervention, but there is approximately 4-8 weeks of down-time where patients must modify their activities and immobilise their injured area in a cast to promote healing. Diagnostic tools such as ultrasound or X-rays offer detailed images of injured area to guide clinical treatment. More severe fractures may require surgical intervention. However, treatment should not be delayed as reinjury frequently extends recovery time and causes further complications.
What can a podiatrist do for my fracture?
Podiatrists at East Coast Podiatry utilise advanced treatments to promote a comfortable healing process and swift recovery. Depending on the nature of the fracture and the results of your diagnosis, the podiatrist may perform one or a combination of the following treatments:
- Offloading using soft, hard, fixed or removable casts/splints.
- Treatment for bone healing (SIS / Focal ESWT).
- Weekly Review.
- Rehabilitation of muscles and gait training.
If you suspect that you have fractured your foot, ankle or lower limb, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. All fractures must be offloaded according to the type of fracture they are. Podiatrists will typically use diagnostic ultrasound to determine if bone swelling, bone callus or bone cracks are seen, it is not uncommon for x-rays to be requested.
It should be noted, that, depending on the type of fracture sustained, (i.e. stress fracture) the fracture may not show up immediately following the injury as bone reaction or bone callus may need to form, this can take up-to 2 weeks to develop following a fracture.
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