A single foot contains 26 bones, any of which can be linked to a source of discomfort. A bone injury can affect the shape, balance or function of the foot. When a foot is fractured, the site of the fracture is usually painful and swollen. The location of the fracture will determine the course of treatment. Many foot fractures do not require surgery or even a cast as they will heal on their own with some support.
Bones usually break when something happens to crush, bend, twist, or stretch the bone.
Heel Bone Fractures
The heel bone is often compared to a hard-boiled egg due to its thin, hard covering on the outside and its soft, spongy bone on the inside. Once the outer shell is broken, the bone tends to collapse and become fragmented.
It is important to see a doctor any time you think you may have broken a bone in your foot. Please go immediately to an emergency department.
For less severe injuries your doctor may want to see you in the office or may recommend you visit the emergency room. If you think you have broken your foot and your doctor is not available by phone, it is reasonable to go to the emergency department to be examined.
Calcaneus Surgery (Heel Fracture)
The main indication that you need this type of surgery on your heel bone (calcaneus fracture) is a displaced fracture.
Foot and Ankle Fracture Repair (ORIF)
Ankle Fracture Repair, or Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), is a type of surgery used to stabilize and heal a broken bone.
Regenerative Medicine Treatments
Regenerative medicine involves the delivery of growth factors to injured joints and tissues to promote the healing process.