Family Foot Clinic’s Podiatric physicians are very well trained in the management of both foot and ankle fracture care. Our newest physician, Dr. Jason Keeler attended a surgical residency training program at a level 1 trauma center and performed or assisted in surgery during his 3 years of surgical training . Working closely with 30 different Podiatrist’s as well as Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery and General Surgery, Dr. Keeler’s training is extensive.
Some people are unaware that Podiatric physicians perform foot and ankle fracture care. Podiatric medicine is a unique field such that our training is solely focused on the management of foot and ankle conditions. This is our area of focus from the time we enter Podiatric medical school, which is 4 years after undergraduate training, through our 3 year surgical residency. There is no other profession that dedicates this much time to training and management of foot and ankle conditions.
Here at Family Foot Clinic, we are truly experts in our field and are often able to resolve a foot or ankle condition with conservative (non surgical) methods. If surgery is required, from failed conservative treatment methods or if there is a fracture/tendon rupture, you can rest assure that we will give you the best results possible. If you suspect that you may have sustained a foot or ankle fracture you should keep all weight off of the affected limb with the use of crutches, walker, knee roller, etc until you can be seen in our clinic. This is important because a fracture may not be displaced (shifted into a bad alignment) at first following injury, but even partial weight bearing can cause the fracture to move. Additionally, fractures can have sharp edges which can also cause irritation to the soft tissue structures that surround them and cause further a repairable damage. Make sure to take precautions this time of year when there may be ice causing one to slip and fall down on their foot, resulting in a foot or ankle sprain or fracture.
The calcaneous (heel bone) has a structure much like an egg. There is a thin layer of hard bone along the periphery with the inside being composed of much softer bone. A calcaneal fracture is most often sustained from a fall from height. Depending on the strength of an individual’s bone structure and mechanics of a fall, sustaining a calcaneal fracture can result from a fall or step down from height as low as 3 feet. Precaution must be exercised whenever performing activities such as using a ladder or working from any height. One should always use appropriate footwear such as boots and not jump down from a height to reduce the risk of sustaining a calcaneal fracture.
If a fracture involves a joint, there is always the potential to develop post-traumatic arthritis of the involved joint. This is the reason excellent fracture reduction is imperative. Should one have post-traumatic arthritis, there are both conservative and surgical methods to fix this issue and return the patient to the pain free activities of daily living. If you or someone you know has sustained a foot or ankle injury please feel free to call the Family Foot Clinic and we can likely see you the very same day.