Did you know that there are 26 bone and 33 joint in the foot and ankle? Unfortunately, this also means there’s ample opportunity for fractures. At Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center, the experienced team of podiatrists has the most advanced imaging tools to help diagnose foot and ankle fractures, allowing patients in the Phoenix or Maricopa, Arizona, areas to quickly get the treatment they need. For expert foot and ankle fracture care, call or use the easy online booking feature.
Fractures in your feet can range from small hairline cracks to complete breaks and can occur in any number of ways, from a simple misstep to dropping something on your foot. While the 26 bones in each of your feet may be small, right down to your toes, any fracture can have a disproportionate effect on your life because of its effect on your mobility. Metatarsal and toe fractures are the most common types of fractures. Ankle fractures can be one of the most debilitating injuries if not treated properly.
Whether it’s a metatarsal fracture in your foot or a fracture in your ankle/heel bone, the podiatrists at Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center have the expertise you need to get your fracture repaired and back on your feet again.
Because your feet and ankles contain so many bones, the team at Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center is equipped with the latest diagnostic equipment, which helps them gain a better view of the internal structures in your lower extremities. These tools include:
After reviewing your symptoms, your doctor’s first stop is usually an X-ray, which is done in our office, allowing your doctor to quickly diagnose a fracture. But your feet and ankles are complicated structures, which is why the team relies on more advanced imaging to find a problem that isn’t readily visible on X-ray, such as Ultrasound visualization or a CT scan.
This advanced technology allows your doctor to accurately diagnose your problem so you can get the appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.
Once your doctor identifies your fracture, your treatment depends upon the location and severity of your break. For minor or moderate fractures, they may recommend:
If your foot or ankle fracture is severe, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair the fracture. Here again, the surgical technique will depend upon the nature of the fracture, but may include:
This last technique — external fixation — is often reserved for complex fractures that require immobilization so that your bones can heal together properly.
If you suspect you’ve fractured your foot or ankle, call Ahwatukee Foot & Ankle Center or schedule an appointment using the online booking feature.