Frequently asked questions and fun foot facts all in one location. The patients in our Grapevine, Texas office love to ask a myriad of questions. We try to answer them all. Sometimes we even have to write a full length article on them, so take a look at our library as well. Have a question about your feet and ankles? You may find your answer here. Gait issues? Problems with shoes and socks? We have answers. Want more? Contact us and ask a question. We will answer!
Mnay people will tell you there is nothing you can do about a broken toe, but this is simply not true. Many toe fractures are simply treated with buddy splinting and a wide stable shoe; but some actually need the fracture manipulated back into place or surgery. A broken toe that heals in the wrong alignment can lead to corns, hammertoes and chronic foot pain. It is better to have your toe fracture evaluated than to take the chance of a long term deformity and/or pain!
Chronic ankle instability (ligaments that heal elongated) or a talar dome lesion (cartilage injury) can cause long term swelling, a sense of instability and pain on and off. If you sprained or broke your ankle and it has not gotten back to anormal after 3 months, you need an MRI to assess the ligaments and the cartilage. Even without a ligament tear or cartilage injury, many people need extensive physical therapy including strengthening and balance training to get to 100% better. Contact us for a complete ankle exam.
A fracture and a break are the same thing. Fracture is the medical term we use to describe a break in the bone.
Common causes of ankle sprains are improper shoe gear, instability of joints, muscle weakness or a high arched foot type. Treatment and prevention depends on root cause which your podiatrist can determine with a biomechanical examination, gait exam and x-rays.
Bones take on average about 8 weeks to heal. In children, they can heal as early as 6 weeks. They can take a little longer if you are older, osteopenic or just not healthy enough to make new bone. Sometimes bones take longer to heal because there is too much movement at the fracture or surgery site. Talk to your doctor about how you can improve your bone healing.
Totally NOT TRUE! Many people are walking around on broken bones, especially if it is a hairline fracture. If you have fallen or twisted your foot or ankle, and have noticed swelling and bruising; there is a good chance you may have broken something. Better to get an x-ray and make sure it's not broken then to walk around in pain for months due to failure to properly treat your injury!