Unfortunately, orthopedic injuries such as fractures are quite common and can arise from various situations. They may be classified as closed, where the skin remains intact overlying the fractured bone, or open when there is an obvious disruption to soft tissue and bony elements. In addition, further details of these breaks can be determined based on location along with type (single/multiple fragments) and shape (transverse/oblique) to diagnose their severity accurately. Expert podiatric care is often sought for fractures of the foot and toes, as even small breaks can dramatically reduce a person’s mobility. A comprehensive approach to recovery with rest, corrective footwear (like walking boots or casts), and physical therapy helps ensure that strength progresses throughout healing time — ensuring individuals have optimal support during their convalescence. Fracture management is a multifaceted approach that strives to provide the best quality of care, minimizing further injury and maximizing healing outcomes. This may involve bracing or surgery with plates and screws for realignment, as well as casts, splints, or braces for immobilization and pain relief through medications, plus local measures like ice/heat packs or immobilization if necessary. As part of this process, Physical Therapy is instrumental in ensuring excellent long-term results after fracture repair has been completed. If fractures are left untreated, the consequences can be disastrous. Not only can the bones fail to heal correctly, but there is also a risk of chronic pain and mobility loss. Over time, stiffness, deformity, and arthritis may occur. Additionally, the fracture may worsen over time due to the lack of treatment, resulting in even greater complications.
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