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Douglas Pacaccio, DPM
Thomas Nordquist, DPM

Seniors and Bone Fractures

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Seniors can be prone to bone fractures because their bones are older, more brittle, and crack easily. Also, people in this age group are more likely to have other health-related conditions, like osteoporosis, that lead to weakened bones or foot ailments caused by diabetes, putting them at further risk of falls and broken bones. Fractures to feet and ankles are also common. These fractures should be treated promptly because seniors may also have a compromised ability to heal. Participating in regular exercise and getting adequate amounts of vitamin D and calcium can help prevent bone fractures in this age group. More specific treatments depend on the location and severity of the bone breaks. If you are a senior or care for one, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help with fall prevention techniques as well as treat fractures that may occur in your feet and ankles.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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