Foot and Ankle | Fracture Surgery | MedStar Health

Our team of doctors specialize in surgical treatments and surgery. Our experienced foot and ankle surgeons offer you the comprehensive care you need for an effective procedure and a successful recovery. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery and specialize exclusively in caring for lower extremity conditions.

What is foot or ankle fracture surgery?

A broken ankle or foot could require surgery if the fracture is severe or cannot heal on its own. Foot and ankle fractures can range in severity, from a minor crack in the bone to a full break, shatter, or even a bone breaking through the skin. An orthopedic surgeon can offer recommendations for treatment based on your unique fracture. When needed, this type of surgery may involve plates or screws that help hold the broken portion of the bone in the correct position while it heals.

What does surgery involve?

Your exact surgical procedure will vary depending on the type of fracture you are suffering from. One of our experienced foot and ankle surgeons will work with you and your family to explain your exact surgical procedure, which may involve any of the below, based on your needs:

  • Repair of broken bones
  • Repositioning of bones
  • Screw, plate, or other implant for stability

What does recovery involve?

After surgery, the healing process can take a number of weeks, depending on the severity of your fracture. Once your procedure is complete, our physicians will work with you closely to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan.

When needed, your plan may include services from specialists in other fields, which we can coordinate for you. Typically, your surgeon may recommend one or more of the following to promote the best possible recovery from ankle or foot fracture surgery:

  • Pain medications
  • Rest
  • Elevation
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise therapy

What are the benefits of surgery?

The benefits of visiting MedStar Health for your ankle and foot fracture surgery include:

  • Ankle and foot pain relief
  • Corrected fractures and misaligned bones
  • Ability to return to normal activities without pain
  • Improved balance and ankle strength

Why is surgery performed?

It is generally required when the fracture involves:

  • Multiple breaks in the bone

  • Bones moving out of alignment

  • A bone that has broken through the skin

  • Shattered bones

  • A misaligned joint

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