Between your foot and your ankle, each side has 30 bones that provide support and mobility for your entire body, which also means there are 60 opportunities for foot and ankle fractures. At Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey -- providing care for patients in the areas of Millburn, Livingston, Union, Springfield, Westfield, Florham Park, Short Hills, West Orange, Maplewood, and Summit -- podiatrists Jay Bhuta, DPM, and Aamir Ahmed, DPM, diagnose and treat fractures. With extensive training and specialization in ankle fractures, they are known to get patients back on their feet as quickly as possible. If you suspect you may have a foot or ankle fracture, call or use online scheduling to book an appointment today.
Each of your feet has 26 bones, most of which are very small, such as your metatarsals and phalanges. Toward your heel, you have several bones that lead back to your talus and calcaneus, or heel bone.
These bones, in turn, are where your ankle starts. Your ankle is a large joint where your tibia, fibula, and talus come together.
All these bones are supported and protected by muscles, tendons, and ligaments, but even with this support, bones can break, severely impacting your mobility.
Because of the enormous roles your feet and ankles play in your ability to move around, they withstand a great deal under normal circumstances. If you participate in activities that push your musculoskeletal system beyond its limits, you increase your risk of fracturing your foot or ankle.
The most common causes of ankle and foot fractures include:
This list is by no means comprehensive. Foot and ankle fractures can occur while doing anything from stepping off a curb to running a marathon.
Regardless of how it occurs, you need to make sure your fracture receives proper attention by going to Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey so it heals properly.
When you visit Dr. Bhuta for a potential foot or ankle fracture, he reviews your symptoms, performs a physical examination of the injured area, and orders advanced diagnostic imaging, including an X-ray or MRI.
Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey has the same X-ray machine that is in the emergency room, so instead of going to the hospital, he can immediately determine if you have a fracture.
Once Dr. Bhuta understands the extent of the fracture, he recommends a treatment plan that helps you heal as quickly as possible, without the threat of re-injury. To ensure long-lasting results, Dr. Bhuta uses one or more of the following treatments:
Dr. Bhuta is able to provide surgical intervention, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
His goal is to have you on your feet and moving around as soon as possible, but not too soon. Your bones need time to heal and patience will serve you well while recovering from foot and ankle fractures.
If you suspect you may have a foot or ankle fracture, call Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey or book an appointment online.