Health

Treatment Options for Foot and Ankle Fractures

Colorado Springs is a city at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. If you break your foot in the city you should visit a Colorado Springs fractures specialist as soon as possible.

The foot has 26 bones while the ankle has 14. Any of those bones can be broken and result in pain, swelling, and scarring if the bone penetrates the skin.

Fractures will depend on the size of the bone and can range from a minuscule crack to shattering into pieces. Regardless, a foot and ankle surgeon will be indispensable to your recovery.

The following are some of the options your doctor will present you with:

1. Medication

In the short term, the doctor is likely to prescribe you some pain medication. To be more specific, they will be Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS).

The pain of a broken bone is excruciating and pain relief is necessary. However, you will have to take more serious action if you want your foot to heal completely.

2. Medical Aids

If you are to recover from a broken foot or ankle, you will have to stay off your foot. Medical aids will be indispensable during your recovery.

A broken foot or ankle needs a lot of support since you will have to transfer the majority of your weight onto one foot. A crutch is one of the common medical aids a doctor will prescribe for your injury.

If the break is extensive, you will need a cast to protect the foot or ankle. In cases where you injure both feet or ankles, a walker or wheelchair will be recommended.   

3. Physical Therapy

In the long run, you want to regain as much function in your foot or ankle. Physical therapy is the best way to accomplish that goal.

Physical therapy involves strengthening the broken bone so it is able to heal and handle a load of your body weight as it previously did. It will also involve strengthening the muscles of the foot surrounding the bone.

Stretching is also a crucial part of physical therapy. Physical therapy promotes your body’s healing capacity so it instigates recovery from within.

4. Surgery

Surgery is a treatment option typically reserved for the most extensive foot and ankle fractures. Only when the damage has to be repaired by intrusion is surgery necessary.

A broken foot may require some dead material to be removed. It may also require a bone to be reinforced for example by using a steel plate.

Surgery is quite risky hence its reservation as a treatment in last resort. It also requires a significant amount of time to recover from foot or ankle surgery.

5. Rest

Rest is a crucial part of recovering from a fractured foot or ankle. The bones need time to heal so you will have to avoid using them.

When resting you may be required to elevate your foot which will help you to not use it. Recovering from a fractured foot or ankle will take several weeks.

You should take as much time as you need and only gradually return to using your foot.