Fractures Specialist

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute -  - Foot & Ankle Surgeon

Portland Foot & Ankle Institute

Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Portland, OR

Foot and ankle fractures are among the most common sports injuries. Board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Michael A. Gentile, DPM, FACFAS, and the team at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute, offer expert fracture care in Portland, Oregon. If you think you have a broken bone in your foot or ankle, call or book an appointment online right away.

Fractures Q & A

What is a fracture?

A fracture is a broken bone. Because your feet and ankles are subject to so much pressure, they’re especially prone to fractures. Foot and ankle fractures can result from direct force, like accidentally kicking something, or from overuse.

Fractures vary greatly in type and severity, from hairline stress fractures to completely shattered bone. Dr. Gentile and the team at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute provide high-quality treatment for all types of foot and ankle fractures.

What causes foot and ankle fractures?

There are many possible causes of foot and ankle fractures, from sports injuries to stepping off the curb the wrong way. The most common causes of foot and ankle fractures include:

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Tripping and falling
  • Sports injuries
  • Missteps like stubbing your toe
  • Dropping something heavy on your foot
  • Overuse from repetitive activities like running

Overuse is the most common cause of stress fractures. This type of fracture is especially prevalent among athletes who participate in running sports like basketball or football.  

How do I know if my foot or ankle is fractured?

Signs and symptoms of a broken bone vary based on the type and severity of the fracture. The most common symptom of any type of foot and ankle fracture is pain.

If you have a stress fracture, pain may develop gradually. Fractures that occur suddenly, like from a fall or accident, usually cause immediate, intense pain.

Other signs and symptoms of a fracture include:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Visible deformity in the foot
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight

Symptoms of an ankle fracture are very similar to those of a sprained ankle. The best way to find out if your foot or ankle is broken is to schedule an appointment at Portland Foot & Ankle Institute as soon as possible.

How are foot and ankle fractures diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Gentile carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and examines your foot and ankle. He takes X-rays to check for broken bones.

After he diagnoses your specific type of foot or ankle fracture, Dr. Gentile creates an individualized treatment plan. Fracture treatment may include immobilization in a cast or splint and physical therapy.

If your fracture is severe, Dr. Gentile may need to surgically reposition your bones and use pins, plates, or screws to keep them aligned while healing.

For expert care of foot and ankle fractures, call Portland Foot & Ankle Institute or book an appointment online today.