A Breakdown of Bone Breaks

Bone BreakHow can bones break? Let us count the ways! Just as your foot can twist, turn, pivot, push off, and move in all different directions, the bones within it can break in all sorts of configurations! In fact, there are many different types of fractures that can occur in your foot and ankle, mainly differentiated by severity, location, and damage of surrounding tissues. Here is a breakdown of bone breaks, so if a foot fracture happens to you, you’ll know what’s in store!

  • Displaced — the bone breaks and moves out of alignment so that the ends do not line up correctly. Typically, this needs to be surgically corrected.
  • Comminuted – a displaced fracture that entails multiple breaks in the bone.
  • Non-Displaced – the bone breaks but maintains position so that the ends still line up properly.
  • Closed – broken bones are contained and do not puncture the skin.
  • Open – sometimes referred to as a compound fracture, this occurs when the broken bone punctures the skin, leaving an open wound and high risk of infection.
  • Greenstick – the bone bends but does not break completely.
  • Buckle – occurs when two bones are driven into each other and compressed.
  • Transverse – signified by the fracture being perpendicular to the long part of the bone.
  • Oblique – the bone breaks on an angle.
  • Pathological – disease weakens the bone and causes it to crack.
  • Stress – a hairline crack in the bone usually the result of overuse.

No matter how you break a bone, it’s essential that you come in for an X-ray to determine the severity of damage and type of fracture sustained. That’s the only way to ensure you receive the proper treatment so you heal correctly. If you’ve been injured and fear you have a fracture, call our Princeton office at (609) 924-8333, or our Roselle Park location at (908) 687-5757. Whether you need surgery or can be casted right away, we will help you recover as quickly as possible