Fractures are one of the most common orthopedic injuries, affecting more than six million Americans each year. When left untreated, fractures increase the risk of more serious complications, including disability and the need for surgery. At Birch Tree Foot and Ankle, fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon Jeffrey Weber, DPM, specializes in the treatment of foot and ankle trauma, including fractures. To make an appointment at the practice in Traverse City or Manistee, Michigan, call the nearest office or click the online booking tool today.
Fractures are traumatic injuries that affect the structure, shape, and integrity of a bone. They cause a bone to break into two or more pieces, limiting its function and range of motion.
Some fractures are thinner than a piece of human hair and heal on their own with rest and medication. Others are severe and require repair with special tools and insertable instruments like pins, screws, and plates.
Common symptoms of fractures include:
If you experience a serious fracture, you might also have difficulty putting weight on or using the affected limb.
Fractures occur for various reasons. Sometimes they’re a result of a traumatic injury like a car accident or stepping down in an awkward position.
Other times, they occur due to wear-and-tear or repetitive use, either from strenuous exercise or a physically demanding job. In rare instances, fractures occur due to an underlying health problem, like osteoporosis.
Dr. Weber is a fellowship-trained, board-certified trauma surgeon. He is highly qualified to diagnose and treat fractures of the feet and ankles. To diagnose a fracture, Dr. Weber physically examines your feet and ankles and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, their severity, and if any activities make them worse.
Afterward, he has you perform a series of easy exercises, tests your range of motion, and orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, an MRI, or an ultrasound. Diagnostic imaging makes it easy for Dr. Weber to detect injuries to the bones that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Treatment of fractures depends on the location of the injury and the severity of your symptoms. Usually, Dr. Weber recommends immobilization with a cast or splint. Placing a broken bone into a cast or splint reduces the risk of further damage. It allows the pieces of the bone to grow together and heal.
If you have a severe fracture that breaks a bone into multiple pieces, surgical intervention might be necessary. During fracture repair surgery, Dr. Weber uses stainless-steel screws, plates, and fixators to hold your bone steady and encourage your body’s natural healing process.
To receive treatment for fractures, make an appointment at Birch Tree Foot and Ankle by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking tool today.