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Fractures

Did you know that most people have 26 bones in each foot?  Each bone plays an intricate roll in our daily walking and standing.  These bones are specifically designed to withstand pressure from our entire body and take thousands of pounds of impact each and every day.  When there is a disruption due to a trauma or increased stress on your bones it throws off our ability to function.

There are various types of fractures that may occur and multiple reasons for their occurrence.

If you feel that you may have experienced a fracture, call the office of Dr. Diana Levin Valencia for diagnosis and treatment.

First, what is a fracture? A fracture is a break in the bone. Fractures can be divided into two categories: traumatic fractures and stress fractures.

Traumatic Fractures

Traumatic fractures are caused by a direct blow or impact to the area of concern.  These can be minor injuries such as stubbing a toe or something larger such as dropping a heavy object.  If you experience an injury and have pain you should be evaluated. X-Rays are needed to diagnose a fracture.  Treatment of a traumatic fracture depends on the location and extent of the break and whether it is displaced. Surgery is sometimes required.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are tiny, hairline breaks that are usually caused by repetitive stress. These can happen in patients who are athletes, dancers or patients who work in jobs that require them to be constantly on their feet.  A stress fracture is due to continuous micro trauma to an area until the point that the bone is no longer able to support the stress of the daily routine.

These fractures are more subtle and often take a trained eye to detect on X-Ray (sometimes even requiring further imaging such as CT-scan or an MRI).  While often off-weightbearing to the fracture site can treat the problem, sometimes more extensive treatment is required for a non- healing fracture.

If you feel that you may have a fracture, call the office of Dr. Diana Levin Valencia for diagnosis and treatment.