The calcaneus is the bone in heel. Calcaneal fractures can be severe injuries and often lead to problems of chronic pain in the foot. Treatment of a broken heel bone depends on the severity of the fracture.
A talar fracture occurs when the talus bone, one of the important connections between the leg and the foot, is broken. The talus has cartilage that contributes to both the ankle and hindfoot joints. A talus fracture often requires surgery, and even with surgical treatment, patients often have long term ankle problems such as arthritis.
Broken Ankle – Ankle Fracture
Painful and very common, broken ankles occur frequently in athletes simply due to the increased rate of jumping, sudden weight shifts and other rapid movements common to so many sports. However, because we see them so often, our proven treatment practices will get you back on the field in very little time. Don’t be surprised to self-diagnose a break as a sprain, as the pain and symptoms are quite similar.
Metatarsal Stress Fracture
Also called a “march fracture” because of its prevalence among soldiers within the early stages of military duty, metatarsal stress fractures typically happen after an unusually quick increase in physical activity, such as running or excessive walking after long periods of relative inactivity.
With a Jones Fracture, patients report pain in the center and outside sections of the foot, which increases with continued stress from walking and similar activities. The pain emanates from an acute fracture in the foot’s fifth metatarsal. It’s not uncommon to notice some bruising and swelling when a Jones Fracture is present.
Navicular Stress Fracture
Navicular Stress Fractures will typically require a cast to properly treat for the long-term and have a history of being challenging to diagnose. However, our experience allows us to quickly pinpoint and successfully treat patients with navicular stress fractures. The pain is somewhat vague and radiates throughout the midfoot below the ankle. Like a number of foot fractures, navicular stress fractures are common in high mileage runners.
Actually a fracture and dislocation, this is an injury to a joint in the midfoot.