Did you know that a broken bone of any kind is called a fracture? There are different kinds of fractures, from compression fractures as a result of osteoarthritis to stress fractures caused by overuse to open or compound fractures which expose the bone and require surgery. Each fracture requires a specialized treatment plan for successful healing.
Non-surgical approaches to fracture care can involve a cast, splint, specialized shoe or boot to immobilize the limb until the bones heal. Often, surgery is required to best fix a fracture. Dr. Allegra may recommend fixing the broken bone with special hardware such as a rod, or plates and screws that will hold the fracture together while your body heals.