Fractures of the foot or ankle are a common complaint, and bring many residents of Shenandoah, Texas, to the care of David Jenson, DPM, of Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists. In addition to his diagnostic expertise, Dr. Jenson offers an innovative treatment for fractures that avoids many of the side effects of traditional fracture repair. If you or a loved one suffer a fractured bone in your foot or ankle, schedule an appointment right away, online or by phone.
When you consider the intricate web of bones, connective tissues, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues that make up your feet and ankles, it’s shocking that fractures don’t occur more often.
These relatively small parts of your body sustain a great deal of daily stress as you move through your normal routines. That’s before you factor in the risks associated with athletic pursuits, occupational hazards, and carrying excess weight.
Some fractures involve a bone that is fully broken or shattered. In other cases, the fracture is actually a small crack known as a stress fracture. The nature and extent of your fracture will determine the best treatment path.
Unlike simple breaks in some of your larger bones, a foot or ankle fracture doesn’t always present clear symptoms. You may have a fracture for days before you become aware that something is wrong.
A significant fracture will usually result in immediate, severe pain and swelling. Less obvious symptoms might include:
If you sustain a foot injury and suspect you have a fracture, come in right away for a diagnostic work-up.
Dr. Jenson is one of only a few area specialists to offer Subchondroplasty®, an innovative procedure that can heal fractures without invasive surgery. The approach involves injecting calcium phosphate directly into the damaged bone tissue.
This substance acts as a bone substitute, sealing the fracture and restoring structural integrity to the affected bone. The process is sometimes described as a type of internal superglue to hold fractured bone pieces together.
The process uses real-time X-ray imaging to guide a treatment needle to the site of the damaged bone. The engineered calcium phosphate compound hardens in just four to five minutes after placement.
Once the hardening process is complete, the bone is restored and pain relief is immediate. You’ll be able to put weight on the foot or ankle right away, although you may need to use crutches for a couple of weeks to give your body a chance to heal fully.
Dr. Jenson is also experienced in traditional surgical fracture repair, and can help you determine which approach is right for you. Call or schedule online to get started right away.