While foot and ankle trauma is not life-threatening, it does have the potential to be life-altering. A fracture of the foot or ankle that heals in a deformed position can cause problems that include swelling, pain, inability to bear weight, inability to wear shoes, or to work.
Fractures need to be quickly evaluated for possible surgical repair versus other methods such as casting. Radiographs and other testing modalities may be used to identify the extent of injury. With today’s technological advances, serious injuries can be salvaged with quick intervention with realignment and fixation with combination of pins, screws plates or external frames.