Is it a Break or a Fracture?
Patients often come into the office seeking treatment for a fracture. They often don't know the difference between a "break/broken bone" and a "fracture." Well, guess what? There IS NO difference! The truth is, these terms can be used interchangeably.
A bone fracture is a medical condition inch there is some kind of break in a bone. These can come from direct impact onto the bone, abnormal forces through a bone, or repetitive stress on a bone. There are certain medical conditions that can weaken bones and contribute to fracture as well. Some examples are osteoporosis, bone cysts, and bone cancer. These kinds of fractures are known as pathological fractures.
See a doctor as soon as possible if you think that you have a broken bone in your ankle, foot or toe. Until your appointment, keep weight off the leg and apply ice to reduce swelling. Use an ice pack or wrap the ice in a towel so it does not come into direct contact with the skin. Apply the ice for no more than 20 minutes at a time. Take an analgesic such as aspirin or ibuprofen to help relieve the pain. (Note: Do not take any medications before consulting a physician). Wear a wider shoe with a stiff sole.
If you think you have a broken bone, or fracture, in your foot or ankle; contact a physician at Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists at 817-424-3668 to get X-rays and find out what treatment plan is right for you.