When a fracture occurs in the foot and ankle, it is important to see a physician immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment. It is imperative to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment to regain complete function of the injury. Recovery times vary depending on the type of fracture. A minor bone break may take a few weeks to heal, while a serious break in a bone may require months to as much as a year to heal.
New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte fractured his left ankle on June 27, 2012 and will miss at least six weeks. The 40-year-old Pettitte was hit on the ankle by a line drive in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees said Pettitte would heal without needing surgery.
Foot or ankle fractures should always be treated as well as the patient following up with a doctor to make sure that no other problems exist such as displacement of bone or dislocations. Fractures that do not require surgery can be immobilized for several weeks and then patients can be sent to physical therapy to strengthen and regain proper mobility and function. If the fracture requires surgery, the patient must rest and perform non-weight bearing activities for six to eight weeks after the surgery is performed.
If you have any questions or might be having foot or ankle issues, please feel free to contact one of our 3 offices which are located in Howell, Edison and Monroe, NJ. We have an onsite digital X-ray machine to diagnose all fractures of the foot and ankle.