Fight off Fractures With Help From Your Podiatrist!


At Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center, we know that all fractures are always a cause for significant concern. The good news? Many of them respond well to podiatric treatment.

Here, we explore five common types of foot and ankle fractures your podiatrist can effectively manage.

Read on to see how fighting off fractures and speeding proper healing is possible with the help of an expert DPM!

  1. Ankle Fractures: These involve breaks in the tibia, fibula, or both, often caused by rolling an ankle. There are different types depending on the location and number of bones broken.
    • Lateral Malleolar Fracture: The most common, affecting the outer ankle bone (fibula).
    • Bimalleolar Fracture: Involves both the outer and inner ankle bones (fibula and tibia).
    • Trimalleolar Fracture: A more severe break involving all three ankle bones (fibula, tibia, and posterior malleolus).
  1. Calcaneal (Heel Bone) Fracture: This is a serious injury caused by high-impact falls or forceful landings. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, and bruising.
  2. Metatarsal Fractures: These involve breaks in the five long bones connecting the midfoot to the toes. Common causes include stress from repetitive activities or a forceful impact.
  3. Avulsion Fractures: Small fragments of bone are pulled away by a strong tendon or ligament, often near the base of the big toe. These can occur during sudden changes in direction or forceful movements.
  4. Jones Fracture: A specific type of metatarsal fracture near the base of the fifth metatarsal (outside of the foot). This often results from overuse or fatigue fractures in athletes.

Podiatric Treatment for Foot and Ankle Fractures

Treatment for fractures varies depending on the severity and location:

  • Diagnostics: X-rays will help our team determine the specific nature of the fracture.
  • Immobilization: Casting, bracing, or walking boots to promote healing and prevent further displacement.
  • Pain Management: Medication and physical therapy to manage pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: Exercises to regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

If you’ve sustained any of the foot and ankle fractures above, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Dr. Cassandra Stache can help!

To learn more or to schedule a diagnostic appointment, contact Greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center. Click here to contact us and book your appointment.

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