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Understanding Fracture Reduction: Essential Care for Foot and Ankle Injuries

A foot or ankle fracture is a severe injury that requires medical attention. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates (CONA) foot and ankle specialist should be made as soon as possible. A fracture reduction may need to be performed to align the broken bone.

What is a Fracture Reduction Procedure?

A fracture reduction is a noninvasive procedure; an incision is not made. General or local anesthesia ensures the patient feels no pain or discomfort. With x-ray guidance, a CONA foot and ankle specialist gently manipulates the foot or ankle to align the broken bone. A splint is placed on the foot or ankle to immobilize and protect it.

What Does a Fracture Reduction Treat?

A displaced fracture occurs when a bone breaks and the fractured ends do not properly align. Displaced fractures will not heal appropriately unless a fracture reduction procedure aligns the bone.

A fracture reduction is vital when dealing with displaced fractures—where the bone breaks and ends up misaligned. Such injuries won’t heal correctly if left untreated, leading to prolonged discomfort, potential complications, and the necessity for more invasive procedures. We aim to restore function, alleviate pain, and facilitate proper healing by realigning the broken bone through fracture reduction.

What Causes a Displaced Fracture?

Displaced fractures often result from high-impact injuries or accidents, sports injuries, falls, or direct blows to the foot or ankle. These incidents can cause the bones to break and shift out of place, necessitating a fracture reduction for optimal healing.

The Fracture Reduction Procedure: What to Expect

Our approach to fracture reduction is minimally invasive, focusing on your comfort and recovery. The procedure does not require incisions. Instead, under general or local anesthesia—to ensure you feel no pain or discomfort—our foot and ankle specialists employ precise X-ray guidance to realign the broken bone gently. Following the adjustment, a splint is applied to the area to immobilize and protect it during the initial healing phase.

Recovery After a Fracture Reduction

Recovery times can vary based on the severity of the fracture and the individual’s overall health. Our dedicated team will provide personalized care plans, including physical therapy and follow-up appointments, to monitor your healing process and get you back on your feet safely and effectively.

Ankle Fracture Reduction and Treatment at Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurosurgical Associates

At Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates, we understand that each patient’s journey is unique. Our commitment to providing the highest standard of care from the moment you reach out to us through your recovery is unwavering. If you suspect a foot or ankle fracture, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our specialists are ready to assist you with state-of-the-art treatments and compassionate care, ensuring your return to health is successful and swift. Don’t let a foot or ankle injury slow you down. Contact Carolina Orthopaedic & Neurological Associates for expert fracture care and support every step of the way. Book an appointment online or call (864) 582-6396.
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