“Treat your feet well and they’ll take you where you want to go,” the old adage says. This may sound corny but it is absolutely true, paying attention the health of your feet is crucial. Foot fracture in Paramus is a common condition that many people struggle through because more than one quarter of the total bones in the body are located in the feet and ankles. Many of these bones are relatively small but have to support a great deal of weight and stress with every step.
Foot fracture in Paramus is treated by Dr. Henry Slomowitz, DPM who says that these fractures fall into two categories: stress fractures and general bone fractures. Stress fractures usually occur in the forefront of the foot between the toes and the middle of the foot and are characterized by tiny cracks in the surface of the bones. Increases in exercise or changes in training routines are typical causes of stress fractures. General bone fractures tend to extend through the bone and may be stable with no bone displacement or have bone displacement. Some sort of trauma or injury to the foot causes bone fractures.
Foot fracture in Paramus is diagnosed by our doctor through a combination of a description of symptoms, physical examination and x-rays or CT scans if necessary. Often the larger bone fractures are easier to diagnose than stress fractures because they are easier to identify on x-rays. To treat stress fractures our practice recommends rest and a suspension of the activity that may have caused the fracture. Other treatments include a modification of the patient’s shoes, such as a stiff shoe insert or bootwalker. Stress fractures generally heal well with these conservative treatments but for those hard-to-heal cases surgery may sometimes be indicated. Bone fractures are treated in several ways depending on the specific bones involved and the extent of the break. Sometimes the fracture can be treated by keeping weight off the foot through the use of crutches or a flat-bottom shoe or boot, major breaks require immobilization for the bones to knit together properly. If the fracture is serious enough our doctor may recommend surgery. No matter the cause or size of the break a foot fracture should always be considered serious and treated by a foot care specialist. If you suspect that you have a fracture please come to our office and let us evaluate the injury.