The 5 Different Types of Acute Foot Fractures


There are a variety of different ways that you can experience an acute fracture in your foot or ankle and that helps to make them among the most frequent problems confronted by foot doctors. Of course, professional athletes may be more susceptible to a fracture due to the constant stress and physical demands of their sport, but even those of us who partake in weekly exercise routines are susceptible to breaking a bone or two. The amount and location of force imparted to the bone are deciding factors in how and where it will break.

Acute bone fractures that can affect the feet and ankles

These fractures are often the result of extreme force and pressure and involve either a partial or complete break to the bone.

 The 5 different types of acute fractures are:

  1. Comminuted - A bone that is shattered into multiple pieces
  2. Oblique - This fracture occurs on a diagonal
  3. Transverse - A horizontal fracture
  4. Compound - If the bone breaks through the skin it is a compound fracture. This is the most complicated type to treat and will likely require extensive surgery.
  5. Stabilized - When the bones are not too far out of place, the fracture is stable and much easier to treat.

If you have suffered a fracture in your foot or ankle, it is essential to get help from a foot care specialist to ensure proper treatment and recovery. At Fit Feet for Life, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies and years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including heel pain, sports injuries, toe deformities, nail fungus, and plantar warts.  Bonnie Sanchez, DPM, and Gregory Cook, DPM, provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area at our five offices conveniently located in Sun City Center, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and our two Tampa locations. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.