Would you know how to identify a fracture? There are many types, but podiatrists take each one seriously. The doctors at the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group treat patients with varying levels of severity and pain. One of the biggest mistakes a patient can make is attempting to make a diagnosis at home. Here are the facts about fractures:

There has been a break.

Simply put, a fracture occurs when there is a break, which usually occurs in the bone. Since there are different types of fractures, it’s important to make an appointment with a podiatrist if you are experiencing symptoms. Delayed treatment can lead to increased pain or prolonged symptoms.

There are signs.

Ask yourself these questions if you think you may have a break in your bone.

  • Do you have intense pain?
  • Does the limb look out of place?
  • Are you noticing numbness or tingling?
  • Has mobility become an issue?

If you notice these symptoms, contact your podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

There are different types.

From stable fractures to compound fractures, there are many ways to describe a break in the bone. A stable fracture occurs when you can barely tell that an injury has occurred. In this situation, broken ends of the bone line up. A compound fracture is more serious. The bone has pierced the skin. Regardless of the name, a fracture is a reason to make an appointment.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and callusesingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.