About Foot Fractures

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is a Foot Fracture?

The human foot has 26 bones. There are two bones in the hindfoot: The talus, which is where the foot attaches to the leg, and the calcaneus, which forms the heel. Five smaller foot bones called the navicular, cuboid, and three cuneiform bones make up the midfoot. The long part of the foot is called the forefoot and contains 19 bones. There is a metatarsal for each of the five toes; the big toe is made up of two phalanges, and the other toes each have three phalanges.In addition, the foot sometimes has small pebble-like bones called sesamoid bones. These bones do not perform any necessary function and are often called accessory bones. Fractures in the foot are very common.

Common Causes:

  • Bend, twist, or stretch to the foot
  • Accidently kicking something hard
  • Fall from a height and land on your feet
  • Crushed foot from a heavy object

Symptoms of a broken foot may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited range of motion
  • Inability to bear weight

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms immediately seek treatment by making an appointment with Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) foot specialist.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) foot specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care. 

When diagnosing a Fractured Foot, the OPA specialist will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays, CT scan or MRI

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options are commonly used to treat foot fractures. A treatment plan usually consists of multiple treatment options:

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) decreases swelling, inflammation, and pain

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Taken orally or applied topically to decrease inflammation and pain

Physical Therapy

Strengthens and stretches foot muscles, ligaments, and tendons after the fracture has healed.

Activity Modification

Reduces or stops symptom causing activities


Bracing, splinting, or a cast immobilizes the foot. Crutches take the weight off the foot.

Surgery may be recommended to treat foot fractures that disrupt the integrity/anatomy of the joint and require to heal properly. During internal fixation procedure, an OPA foot and specialist reduces the fractured or broken bones and fixates with pins, screws, and/or plates are most often used to hold the small bones of the foot during the healing. A splint immobilizes the foot after surgery. Bone healing is monitored over the course of many weeks. After the fracture has healed an OPA selected physical therapist will help you regain strength and your foot becomes strong and healthy. Patients who have their surgery performed by an OPA foot a specialist fully recover.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Foot Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating foot fractures.

If you are experiencing foot pain, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists that are conveniently located in Anchorage, and Wasilla, AK.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Foot & Ankle Team

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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Eugene Chang, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.


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