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FOOT & ANKLE INJURY TREATMENT IN RICHMOND, VA

Because your feet and ankles support your body weight and play an essential role in your mobility, any injury to these complex structures can be painful and even debilitating. Often, fractures in the foot and ankle can be caused by overuse or trauma. Due to the complexity of the foot and ankle there many ways in which a fracture can occur. Thankfully, with a dedicated Foot and Ankle Specialist in Richmond VA, G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is uniquely qualified to provide an equally varied array of treatment options designed just for you.

COMMON FRACTURES IN THE FOOT AND ANKLE

While there are many ways that a foot or ankle can be damaged or injured, there are some common types of fractures in the foot and ankle that we most commonly see here at G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. These types, as well as their usual causes, are as follows:

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LISFRANC FRACTURE

A Lisfranc fracture is a fracture of the midfoot in which one or more of the metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus. This kind of fracture can occur through trauma, such as heavy objects landing directly on the midfoot, however, it can also occur indirectly through physical activity and sports. Commonly seen in soccer and football players, this injury can occur as the result of a bad stumble in which the patient twists and falls over the top of a foot flexed downwards.

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JONES FRACTURE

A Jones fracture is an injury within the fifth metatarsal, the long bone that runs along the outside of your foot from the smallest toe to the ankle. When a significant amount of stress is put on this bone during repeated motion, this bone can fracture. Other causes for this type of fracture include overuse or a sudden injury wherein the bone fractures during a sudden change in direction. For this reason, this fracture often occurs in sports such as basketball or tennis. Due to the fact that this area receives less blood than other regions in the foot, healing of a Jones fracture can be more difficult and in some cases require surgery, especially in athletes.

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CALCANEUS FRACTURE

A Calcaneus fracture occurs within the heel bone, often as a result of a high energy event such as falling from a significant height where the weight of the body crushes the heel. When this occurs, the heel can widen or shorten and become deformed without the proper care. Because these fractures can be disabling and difficult to restore, treatment often involves surgery to reconstruct the heel and return patients to normal activity.

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ANKLE FRACTURE

An ankle fracture is an injury to one or more of the ankle bones. This can occur from rolling your ankle or sustaining blunt trauma to the area in the case of a bad fall. The severity of the fracture will depend on how many of the ankle bones are affected by the injury. This type of fracture is common for people of all ages, particularly athletes such as soccer players and pointe dancers who have a higher risk of rolling their ankles.

FOOT & ANKLE FRACTURE TREATMENT

Treatment options for any given fracture will depend entirely upon the individual patient’s case. There are multiple factors that impact the proper treatment of a foot or ankle fracture such as the amount of fracture displacement, a patient’s level of activity and overall health. Imaging such as MRI or CT scans may be ordered for further assessment of the fracture site and surrounding tissue damage.

It is important to discuss your options with your surgeon directly after a fracture is identified to ensure you receive the best possible treatment for your injury. In some instances, fractures may be treated with a cast and crutches. In others, surgical reduction and fixation may be the proper course for you.

At G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, our Foot and Ankle Specialist, Dr. Anson Chu, is committed to finding the best treatment plan for each patient on an individual basis and exhausting all conservative measures before surgical intervention. This is all to ensure that your treatment follows the best approach to fit your lifestyle and goals as a G2 patient.

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If you think you or someone you know may have experienced a foot or ankle fracture, contact G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today. If you’ve already spoken with a surgeon and are looking for a second opinion, we can help. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 804-678-9000 to get started.

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