Ankle and foot fractures are classified according to the bone or joint involved, with calcaneus referring to the heel, talus to the ankle joint and lisfranc to midfoot fractures. The complexity of the break will determine the extent of surgical reconstruction required.
Dislocations and fractures of the ankle or foot have many causes, including automobile accidents, running mishaps and contact sports injuries, although often it is a more mundane occurrence that results in the break, such as missing a step on a staircase or having something heavy fall onto the top of your foot. When several bones are involved and/or damage extends to the ligaments, which hold the joint or bones in position, reconstructive surgery may involve manual realignment of the joint as well as the insertion of permanent screws to ensure proper bone placement and regrowth.
Depending on your specific fracture, your surgeon will determine a procedure that will accurately fix the problem and ensure the best route to recovery. The reconstruction options listed below are some of the surgical specialties that Dr. Vora can perform for patients suffering from a severe fracture.
While some fractures are so slight that you may be able to walk on the injured foot, others like a lisfranc break can result in a complication known as compartment syndrome, which is a build-up of pressure within the tissues of the foot and which requires immediate surgery to prevent tissue damage.
Regardless of the cause, bone fractures should be examined by a medical professional and referred to an orthopedic surgeon if surgery seems warranted. At this point, the physician can determine how best to proceed, including if the type of fracture is one that requires emergency surgery. In order to reduce patient pain and speed recovery time, Dr. Vora uses arthroscopic surgery methods whenever possible to minimize pain and get the patient moving as quickly as possible. To schedule a visit with Dr. Vora so he can accurately assess your fracture, please contact us at one of our Chicagoland offices for comprehensive orthopedic treatment services.
What are some tips for weight bearing after ankle surgery?
As explained by Dr. Anand Vora.
Weight bearing status after ankle or foot surgery can be quite variable, and it really depends on the procedure that’s being performed. So it’s really important to have a discussion with your surgeon beforehand to get a really good idea of what the protocol is going to be after surgery so you’re prepared appropriately. One of the things that we really try to do in our practice is send patients to physical therapy before surgery – so that they’re prepared for the ramifications of what is going to occur after surgery. It’s much easier to figure these things out beforehand than afterwards. We assess patients for their stability on crutches, or their ability to use devices such as an e-walker, which is like a scooter for the knee that helps people get around if crutches are difficult. We also can get the home safe and ready if there is an extended period of time that the patient requires non weight-bearing. In these cases, the home can be adapted with ramps or other devices to make the home safe and the recovery as smooth as possible.