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Fractures Specialist

Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates

Podiatrists located in New York, NY & Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Foot and ankle fractures require expert treatment to ensure you heal properly and don’t have any ongoing issues. The leading podiatrists at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates offer effective fracture management care, as well as foot and ankle surgery if needed, so you can return to full function. Book your fracture evaluation at the practice’s Upper East Side Manhattan and Bay Ridge of Brooklyn, New York, clinic location by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call either office directly to schedule.

Fractures Q & A

What causes bone fractures?

Bone fractures typically fall into one of two categories: Stress fractures or acute fractures. Stress fractures are overuse injuries — one of the most common sports injuries — that develop gradually over time. They start out as tiny cracks in weight-bearing areas and continue to worsen and progress the more you walk, run, jump, or exercise.

Acute fractures are sudden injuries that lead to a small bone break or a complete bone break. These complex injuries can occur because of:

  • Slips and falls
  • Car accidents
  • Crush injuries
  • Missteps

In either case, your risk of breaking a bone is higher if you have weakened or brittle bones, possibly due to osteoporosis.

How do I know if I have a broken bone?

A broken bone, particularly a stress fracture, isn’t always obvious. You might have some soreness and swelling that worsens with activity. These minor symptoms often mimic a soft tissue injury, such as a strain or sprain.

If left untreated, a broken bone is likely going to progress and lead to bruising, tenderness, and swelling. Or if you have a complex bone fracture, in addition to pain and inflammation, you may notice:

  • Difficulty bearing weight on the foot
  • Limited range of motion
  • Bump or deformity

You may hear or feel a popping sensation as the injury happens, too. Because immediate medical intervention is key for proper healing, schedule an evaluation at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates as soon as your injury occurs.

Do I need surgery for a bone fracture?

Not always. For stress fractures and minor bone breaks in your foot and ankle, immobilization is important. Your dedicated podiatrist at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates may place you in a removable boot or cast to minimize force on the injured bones. Fracture treatment plans can also include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Activity modifications
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy

If your foot or ankle fracture is complex or doesn’t respond to conservative therapies, you might need surgery. Foot and ankle fracture surgeries allow your surgeon to place pins, screws, or plates to stabilize your broken bone, so it heals properly.

With a team of top-rated foot and ankles surgeons on your side at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates, you can receive the expert care you need, no matter which type of fracture treatment is right for you.

Schedule a fractures examination at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates today. You can conveniently book your appointment online or over the phone.