The Best Way to Treat Foot and Ankle Fractures
There are many ways a foot or ankle fracture can happen. You can trip, fall from a height, or get injured during a sports game, and that’s just to name a few! With the state-of-the art treatment available at our podiatric office, Drs. Joel Brook and David Northcutt are very successful in bringing full healing to their patients with fractures
There are cases though when a broken bone fails to heal and this is when we call the condition a “nonunion.” Proper stability and blood supply are both needed for the healing of a fracture, and a nonunion can occur when these two factors are lacking.
There are several factors that may put you at risk for a nonunion if you have sustained a fracture:
- Older age
- Certain medications
- Poor diet
If you have a fracture that is not healing, Drs. Brook and Northcutt will evaluate the cause and form a treatment plan for healing. Delayed healing of a fracture is not uncommon and there are several ways to treat this problem. One specific method that has proven successful with many patients is the use of our extracorporeal shockwave treatment, or EPAT.
EPAT is a therapy that targets shock waves to areas that are injured and experiencing pain. It is non-invasive, has minimal risks and many patients with nonunions are experiencing complete bone healing.
Contact us today if you fear a fracture may not be healing properly or have any concerns about your foot and ankle health. Call us at (972) 566-7474 in Dallas, TX or (972) 943-3323 in Plano, TX.
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