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Jersey Shore Podiatry is pleased to offer the latest and most advanced treatments for your sports-related injuries. We see and treat the full spectrum of foot and ankle injuries, from minor sprains and strains to broken bones and chronic injuries.

Common sports injuries we treat include:

Common Sports Injuries we treat include:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Trauma and Fractures

Hindfoot Fracture (Heel/Ankle Joint)


It takes a lot of force to fracture the bones in the hindfoot.  A fracture is a broken bone. Injuries most frequently result from car crashes or falls from a height.  Fractures may occur in the heel or the bone located on top of the heel.  Hindfoot fractures take a long time to heal, with or without surgery.


The bones in your hindfoot include the calcaneus bone, known as the heel, and the talus bone which is located on top of it.  The talus bone forms the ankle joint with the two leg bones that are positioned on its upper side.  The hindfoot bears and distributes your body weight across your foot when you stand or walk. 


High impact forces cause hindfoot fractures.  They may result from a vehicle crash, a fall from a height and now, more commonly, from snowboarding. 



Hindfoot fractures cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and bruising.  You will not be able to put weight on your foot to stand or walk.



You should contact your podiatrist right away if you suspect that you have fractured your hindfoot.  Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help prevent future problems.  Your doctor will review your medical history, conduct an examination, and order imaging tests.  X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans are used to show the location of your fracture and if the broken bones have moved out of place.



In select cases, hindfoot fractures with bones that have not moved out of place may be treated without surgery.  You may wear a cast or a splint to position your foot while the bone heals.  The bone will take about six to eight weeks to heal, during which time you will not be able to put weight on your foot.  You will need to use a walker or crutches to stand or walk. 



Surgery is necessary for most hindfoot fractures if the bones have moved out of place.  During surgery, the bones are realigned in the proper position and secured with surgical hardware.  Sometimes a bone graft is needed to fill in the gaps from crushed bone.


Following surgery, a protective cast or splint is worn while your bones heal.  You will not be able to put any weight on your foot for about 6-10 weeks.  You may need to use a cane or wear a special boot when you first begin walking.



Physical therapy usually follows any treatment for hindfoot fracture.  You will learn exercises to increase motion and strength in the foot and ankle.  Your physical therapist will help you learn to walk with a device, gradually increasing the amount of weight that you can put on your foot as you gain independence.  Overall, hindfoot fractures can take a long time to heal, some up to a year.  Your podiatrist will let you know what to expect.



You can help prevent future complications by receiving prompt professional care from a podiatrist for a hindfoot fracture.  If left untreated, arthritis, deformity, and chronic pain may result.

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Biomechanical Evaluation

Every visit to our sports medicine foot and ankle doctor, Dr. Robert Sussman, begins with a biomechanical evaluation of your hip, knee, and ankle joints.

No other foot doctor in the Jersey Shore, Neptune, or Monmouth County areas has this capability.

This evaluation utilizes technology to fully analyze the structure and function of your lower body. Tightness or weakness in specific areas, such as your hips or knees, can cause pain and affect your balance or the way you walk (your gait). Based on the results, Dr. Adler can recommend a care plan to include physical therapy, gait training, balance training, or custom-molded orthotics.

At Jersey Shore Podiatry, we also provide many on-site services, such as digital X-rays and fracture care, to expedite a diagnosis and save you time.

An expert evaluation, diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment for your injured foot or ankle is just a phone call away. Call Jersey Shore Podiatry in Neptune, NJ today at (732) 776-7260 or request an appointment online.

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