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Foot Fractures With Soft Tissue Damage

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Fractures of the foot not only affect the bones but can also cause soft tissue damage to the muscles, ligaments, and skin surrounding them. These types of injuries often occur due to high-impact events like falls, sports accidents, or direct blows to the foot. The presence of soft tissue damage can significantly complicate the healing process, as it may lead to increased pain, swelling, and a prolonged recovery period. The treatment for such fractures typically involves more than just addressing the broken bone. It means the soft tissues need to be treated carefully to ensure proper healing. This might include putting the foot in a cast or boot, exercises to restore strength and flexibility, and possibly surgery to repair both the bone and soft tissues. The goal of treatment is to restore as much function as possible while minimizing the risk of long-term complications. Podiatrists can effectively treat foot fractures and soft tissue damage, and it is suggested that you promptly schedule an appointment with this type of doctor if you have endured a foot fracture. 

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from Michigan Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures


Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain


To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.


Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ferndale, and Milford, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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