Foot And Ankle Fractures

Matthew J. Harrison, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Santa Barbara, CA & Solvang, CA

Foot and ankle fractures resulting from trauma can lead to debilitating pain and stiffness. It is important to accurately diagnose and treat these injuries as soon as possible. Matthew J. Harrison, MD, has advanced fellowship training in foot and ankle trauma and uses the latest techniques to promote healing and maximize recovery. For expert care of your foot or ankle fracture, call the office in Santa Barbara, California, today, or book an appointment online.

Foot and Ankle Fractures Q & A

What are foot and ankle fractures?

Foot and ankle fractures are breaks in the bones that make up your foot or ankle.

Foot fractures

Your foot has more than 20 bones. A foot fracture involves a break in one or more of these bones.  

Ankle fractures

The ankle is composed of the tibia, fibula, and talus bones. A fracture may involve any one or more of these bones. Some fractures are stable and do not require surgery. Others may need surgery to stabilize the joint and improve the outcome. 

What are symptoms of foot and ankle fractures?

Foot and ankle fracture symptoms are similar. If you have a broken bone in your foot or ankle, you may experience:

  • Severe foot or ankle pain
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty walking
  • Noticeable deformity
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected foot or ankle


If you have foot or ankle pain and suspect a fracture, contact Dr. Harrison to schedule an evaluation. An early diagnosis and treatment may prevent your fracture from worsening.

How are foot and ankle fractures treated?

Treatment for your foot or ankle fracture depends on the fracture type, location, severity of the break, and your overall health.

During your foot or ankle fracture evaluation, Dr. Harrison uses advanced diagnostic imaging to fully assess your fracture, so he can develop an effective treatment plan.

If possible, Dr. Harrison takes a nonsurgical approach when treating your foot or ankle fracture. He may manually realign the bones using guided-imagery and then place your foot and ankle in a cast.

For severe or unstable fractures, Dr. Harrison performs surgery to realign the bones. He then uses pins, screws, and/or plates to keep the bones in place.

How long is recovery from foot and ankle fractures?

Recovery following a foot or ankle fracture varies and may take several weeks to several months. The length of your recovery depends on the severity of your break, the types of treatments needed, and the healing process.

Foot and ankle fractures require expert care from orthopedic foot and ankle specialists. Call the office today, or book an appointment online to get the right care for your fracture.