A common reason that brings patients to Paul S. DeMarco, DPM is a fracture to the toe, foot or ankle. Fractures fall into two categories:
A traumatic fracture is caused by a sudden impact or direct blow to the foot. This may be an injury that occurs during a game, an accident or even just stubbing your toe really badly. At the time of impact you may hear a breaking sound and will most likely experience intense pain. The bone that is broken may look deformed or out of place. Bruising and swelling will usually occur during the first 24 hours.
The second kind of fracture is a stress fracture. Stress fractures are harder to diagnose. They are tiny, hairline breaks that usually develop over a period of time as a result of repetitive stress, such as a runner who covers many miles a week. Other possible causes of stress fractures are foot and toe deformities, disease—such as osteoporosis, and improperly fitting footwear.
If you have a stress fracture you may only experience pain intermittently. You may be able to walk, run, perform normal activities and while they may be painful, the pain will stop once you get off your feet. There may or may not be swelling or bruising at the site of the stress fracture.
Fixing Broken Bones
How a fracture is treated will depend on the type of fracture and how severe it is. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco will examine your feet and also use x-rays and other imaging studies to determine the extent of the fracture. From there a treatment plan can be devised. In some cases, immobilization with a cast or walking boot will be necessary to allow the fracture to heal. Keeping weight off the foot and restricting activities will also likely be recommended.
What’s important is that if you are in pain, you contact our Somers Point office by calling: (609) 927-4894 to have your foot checked. Fractures that don’t receive appropriate treatment and rehabilitation can become permanently disabling, so don’t wait, make an appointment today.