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By Dr. Bruce Theall
June 05, 2012
Category: Ankle Pain

St. Louis Ram’s quarterback Sam Bradford is still nursing an ankle injury he suffered back in October of 2011. Despite his ankle injury, Bradford’s performance in the Ram’s OTAs this summer has shown his improvements. Broken ankles are a very serious injury, and if not treated right, can lead to a greater potential for more injuries in the upcoming season and a shortened NFL career.

With the assistance of Dr. Bruce Theall, patients with ankle injuries will be treated at Gentle Touch Foot Care. Broken ankles are a very serious injury and if not treated right, they can lead to continuous pain and an inability to walk.  They can be caused when the foot rolls under the wrong way or twists too far, causing one or more of the bones to break.

What is the Difference between Sprains and Breaks?

An ankle sprain happens when ligaments are ripped or torn but no bones are broken. However, a sprain can actually be very severe, causing bruising of the foot and making it hard to put weight on the foot.

If a person cannot stand and support their own weight on their ankle, then most likely the ankle may be broken. If you suspect you have a broken ankle, the best thing to do is get an x-ray. This will determine the severity of the break immediately.

How do Breaks Occur?

Since the injury results from the foot rolling under or twisting too far, a broken ankle generally occurs during exercise, physical activity, or sports. Another common cause can be a jump or fall from a great height.

Caring for a Broken Ankle 

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are important when caring for a broken ankle. It will help to elevate the feet above your head to reduce blood flow to the injured area, as well as applying ice to the ankles to help decrease swelling.

Does a Broken Ankle Require Surgery?

Broken ankles can be more severe than you might realize, so in some cases, surgery actually is required. If surgery is required, it usually means wearing a cast for at least three months followed by rehabilitation.

If you have any questions or think you might have an ankle injury, please feel free to visit our video library or contact our office which is located in East Orange NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.


By Dr. Bruce Theall
September 28, 2011
Category: Foot Injury

It was all over the internet that the 45 year old Oscar winner Halle Berry broke her right foot while filming oversea. She was taken to the local hospital where she was treated conservatively with a cast

This kind of injury could happen to anyone including athletes, non-athletes, old and young alike. It can be because of "unusual or repeated stress” on the bone or from a slip and fall. Broken bone can also occur from a direct trauma or even with people with weak bone i.e. people with osteoporosis.

Broken bone could be a stress fracture or complete true break. Stress fracture is an incomplete fracture or so called “Hairline fracture” while the true breaks are the fractures with obvious complete separation of bones on the x-ray. Whether stress fracture or complete fracture, fractures could be very painful and sometimes disabling.

The common symptoms of this kind of injury include bruising (black and blue coloration), swelling, pain, inability to walk. Fractures are usually diagnosed with x-ray but sometimes CT scan, bone scan or even MRI might be needed.

When diagnosed with fracture, it can be treated conservatively like in Halle berry’s case. The conservative treatments include placement in surgical shoe, cast shoe, soft cast, or hard cast. Sometimes depending on the severity, some fractures might need surgical intervention. If you suspect a fracture, please seek medical attention immediately. 

Dr. Theall of Gentle Touch Foot Care regulary treats fractures of the foot and ankle. If you have any questions please visit our video library, request an appointment on our website or contact our office at (973) 673-3668.