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What is an Avulsion Fracture?

There are a variety of fractures that can affect the feet and ankles. One such break is a condition that more frequently affects younger athletes is known as an avulsion fracture. This particular type of fracture is characterized by a small piece of bone that tears away as a ligament or tendon detaches during an injury. Young athletes experience this type of fracture because their bones are not yet fully developed.

Initial signs of a foot fracture include the following:

  • A popping or cracking sound may be heard followed by cringing or yelling
  • Swelling and bruising will occur quickly at the site of the pain
  • An inability to bear weight on the affected foot
  • Taking shoes on or off will be hard or impossible
  • Protrusion of a bone and/or bleeding may be evident

Seek immediate medical attention for proper evaluation if any of the above problems occur.

Damage to softer tissues like tendons and the occurrence of hairline fractures may not be immediately obvious. Your foot specialist will do imaging studies (x-ray, MRI) for an accurate diagnosis. Immobilization of the foot will be necessary for proper healing to occur, which can be done with a rigid plastic boot or cast. At the end of the initial healing stage, physical therapy exercises will be required to increase strength and flexibility. This therapy will also help to avoid a reinjury in the future.

Get Help

If you suspect that you may have broken your foot, see your podiatrist right away to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York for more information or to schedule an appointment with our podiatrists. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Payel Ghosh and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or contact us online today.

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