Tim Grace, DPM -  - Foot and Ankle Specialist

Family Foot Health Center

Tim Grace, DPM

Foot and Ankle Specialist & Podiatrist located in Puyallup, WA

Because your feet and ankles are responsible for supporting your entire body weight, even the smallest of fractures can cause severe pain. At Family Foot Health Center in Puyallup, Washington, expert podiatrist Tim Grace, DPM, provides comprehensive foot and ankle fracture care, so you can get back on your feet with no limitations. Schedule your fracture exam online or call the clinic directly.

Fractures Q & A

What causes a foot fracture?

You have dozens of small bones in each of your feet and ankles. Even though these bones are strong enough to support your entire body weight, they can certainly break. Foot and ankle fractures occur because of:

  • Slips and falls
  • Car accidents
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Dropping something heavy on your foot

Overuse injuries in your feet and ankles are common, too. Repetitive force from exercise, running, or even working can cause tiny fractures to gradually develop over time. These are known as stress fractures.

What are the symptoms of a foot fracture?

The signs and symptoms associated with a foot or ankle fracture are very similar to what you’d experience with a soft tissue injury, like an ankle sprain. This is why it’s so important to have a thorough evaluation to properly diagnose your injury. Foot and ankle fractures can lead to:

  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Immediate throbbing pain
  • Bruising and inflammation
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Obvious deformity, like a bony bump

You’re also probably going to notice that you have difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot or ankle. Since fractures, especially stress fractures, are sometimes overlooked, underdiagnosed, or ignored, they can easily progress and become increasingly painful. Before your fracture worsens, schedule an evaluation at Family Foot Health Center.

How are foot fractures treated?

In most cases, Dr. Grace can diagnose a foot or ankle fracture by performing a physical examination and by looking at X-ray imaging. Once he determines the severity of your fracture, he can put together your treatment plan, which may include:

  • Casting, bracing, or splinting
  • Painkiller medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

With proper immobilization and gradual strength training, many foot and ankle injuries heal over time. More complex fractures might require surgical repair, where Dr. Grace places screws, rods, or plates in your bone to help it heal.

No matter how minor or how severe your injury may be, you can expect comprehensive foot and ankle fracture care at Family Foot Health Center, so you can recover and get back to your regular activities as quickly as possible.

Book your foot or ankle fracture evaluation at Family Foot Health Center today. Click on the online booking feature or call the office.