Fractures Specialist

Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute

Orthopedic Surgeons & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Crown Point, IN & Munster, IN

If you’ve broken a bone or think you may have a fracture, the sooner you get to an orthopedic surgeon, the quicker you heal. The team of professionals at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute can get you feeling better in no time. With office locations in Munster and Crown Point, Indiana, Dr. Michael Lacey, and Dr. Bernard Rerri offer multiple nonsurgical and surgical approaches to bone fractures. Call or go online to schedule your appointment and learn what they can do for you.

Fractures Q & A

What causes fractures?

Fractures occur when a bone breaks. Fractures can result from impact to the bone, such as during a fall or accident, or if you engage in certain sports or activities that could lead to a stress fracture from overuse or repeated impact.

In some cases, such as if you have osteoporosis, your bones become weak and fragile, making them more likely to break.

What types of bone fractures are there?

There are multiple types of bone fractures, measured by their severity:

  • Partial fracture: When the bone cracks but the break doesn’t go all the way through the bone
  • Stable fracture: When the ends of the bone haven’t moved and remain aligned
  • Transverse fracture: When your bone has a horizontal crack
  • Oblique fracture: When the bone has an angled fracture
  • Comminuted fracture: When your bone shatters into three or more pieces
  • Open compound fracture: When the bone breaks completely and at least one piece breaks through your skin

What are the signs of a bone fracture?

If you’ve fallen or been in an accident and are unsure if you’ve fractured a bone, you may notice certain symptoms. In most cases, the area surrounding the fracture is painful. It may swell and bruise quickly. In more severe fractures, the area may look deformed or out of place.

If you thought you had a sprain or strain but you’re not seeing improvement after a few days of at-home treatments, you may have a fracture and need medical attention.

How are fractures treated?

Not all fractures require surgery. After being seen by a bone specialist, your doctor determines the best and least restrictive treatment for your fracture.

In some cases, they opt for a cast. They may use a cast that completely immobilizes the area or they may decide to use a functional cast that allows limited and controlled movements. If you’ve fractured a bone in your leg or foot, your doctor may recommend a brace or walking boot to help you remain mobile.

For complicated or severe breaks, you may need surgery. Your doctor might place plates or screws around the bone to hold it in place, realign the bone, or offer support to the surrounding area.

If you think you’ve fractured a bone, contact Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute today.