Fractures Specialist

Sarasota Foot Care Center

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Sarasota, FL

Foot or ankle fractures may occur after an accident or a misstep. Though the severity of bone breaks vary, all fractures require medical care and treatment. Sarasota Foot Care Center, with offices in the Sarasota North and Gulf Gate Sarasota neighborhoods of Sarasota, Florida, is a full-service podiatry practice that offers onsite digital X-rays and walking boots. If you or your loved one has a foot or ankle fracture, the team of podiatrists can help and save you a trip to the emergency room or urgent care clinic with a same-day appointment. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Fractures Q & A

What are fractures?

Fractures are broken bones. Though you can break any bone in your body, your feet and ankles may be more susceptible to fractures due to the role they play in your daily mobility.

Foot fractures

There are 26 bones in the foot. These bones support your weight and allow you to walk and run. Certain activities or injuries may result in a fracture in one or more of these bones. 

Ankle fractures

Ankle fractures are common and most often caused when the ankle rolls inward or outward. Many people mistake an ankle fracture for an ankle sprain. 

What are the signs and symptoms of fractures?

Signs and symptoms of foot and ankle fractures vary. With a fracture, you may experience:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Deformity
  • Difficulty walking
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected foot or ankle
  • Bruising
  • Bone protruding from the skin

If you have a foot or ankle fracture, the podiatrists at Sarasota Foot Care Center can provide the comprehensive care you need so you can save yourself a trip to the emergency room or urgent care clinic. 

How are fractures diagnosed?

When you come in to see a podiatrist at Sarasota Foot Care Center for a foot or ankle fracture, they conduct an in-depth evaluation to develop the most effective treatment plan.

During the exam, your podiatrist asks detailed questions about your injury, how it happened, and your symptoms. They review your medical history and perform a physical exam and then examine the broken foot or ankle. 

To assess the severity of your fracture, your podiatrist runs onsite digital X-rays. 

How are fractures treated?

Treatment for your foot or ankle fracture depends on the location and severity of the fracture, your usual activities, and your overall health.

Treatment may include:

  • Rest and ice
  • Immobilization with a cast, splint, or walking boot
  • Prescription pain medication
  • Shockwave therapy

For some fractures, surgery is needed to reset the broken bones for proper healing and repair any other damaged tissue. 

Fractures are unexpected injuries that require medical attention. For your foot or ankle fracture, call Sarasota Foot Care Center, or book an appointment online today. Same-day appointments are available.