Fractures Specialist

Richard de Asla, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon Located At Naples Community Hospital In Naples, FL

Every year, about one million Americans suffer a fracture. Left untreated, fractures can lead to more serious health problems, including deformity, pain, and immobility. Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon Richard J. de Asla, MD, and the team at the Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Florida, regularly work with patients to diagnose and treat foot and ankle fractures. If you suspect you've suffered a fracture, make an appointment by calling the office today.

Fractures Q & A

What is a fracture?

A fracture is a break in a bone.  Expert orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon Richard J. de Asla, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of both foot and ankle fractures.

The most common causes of foot and ankle fractures result from crush injuries, bending, twisting, and falls. Most fractures occur suddenly as a result of an accident. Occasionally, small cracks or stress fractures form in bones. Stress fractures usually affect athletes who increase their exercise routines too quickly or sedentary people who suddenly start impact loading forms of exercise without easing into it. People with osteopenia or osteoporosis are at greater risk for both traumatic and stress fractures.

What are the symptoms of a fracture?

The most common symptoms associated with foot and ankle fractures are severe pain and swelling. Other telltale signs include:

  • Bruising of the foot or ankle
  • Warmth
  • Severe pain to direct pressure

If you experience a fracture, you might also have trouble putting weight on the affected foot or ankle. 

When should I see a doctor about a foot or ankle fracture?

If you think you've broken a bone in your foot or ankle, it's important to make an appointment with a foot and ankle fellowship-trained Orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon as soon as possible. Many foot and ankle fractures can be treated with non-surgical measures. However, if your foot or ankle is:

  • Blue in color
  • Cold
  • Numb
  • Deformed
  • Causing you severe and worsening pain

You should call Dr. de Asla right away. Receiving prompt treatment for a foot and ankle fracture can prevent other more serious problems from developing later on.

How are foot and ankle fractures diagnosed?

To diagnose a foot or ankle fracture, Dr. de Asla physically examines your foot and ankle, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about the symptoms you're experiencing. He also takes a series of X-rays to view the bones and joints in your foot and anklet. After gathering all of this information, Dr. de Asla develops a treatment plan that is best suited to your type of injury and to get back on your feet. 

How are foot and ankle fractures treated?

Whenever possible, Dr. de Asla recommends conservative measures of care to treat foot and ankle fractures. Depending on imaging and physical exam findings, he might recommend a cast or splint, walking boot, using crutches, or participating in physical therapy.

For some fracture types, surgery is the best course of action. Determining which patients are best treated with surgery for their fracture requires experience and good judgment. 

Dr. de Asla is an experienced fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon who trained and taught at some of the most recognized medical institutions in the country. He is also an Arthrex┬« consultant with access to the latest research and technology in ankle fracture repair. 

To learn more about your treatment options for foot and ankle fractures, or to get a second opinion, make an appointment with Richard J. de Asla, MD, by calling the office today. 

To learn more about foot and ankle fractures, visit the sites below:

WebMD Broken Foot

WebMD Fitness Exercises

Foot Care MD