A fracture is the medical term for a break of the bone. Ankle and foot fractures range from minor to severe injuries. The treatment nonsurgical verses surgical depends on the fracture pattern and alignment. Dr. Mroczek only indicates people for surgery who meet these criteria and will treat lesser fractures nonoperatively. When surgery is recommended, he uses the most advanced and up-to-date fixation methods and utilizes minimally invasive techniques if possible. He also believes in early weight-bearing and physical therapy if appropriate.
Dr. Mroczek treats all ankle and foot fractures. Some of the more common fractures include the ankle (malleolar, bimalleolar and trimalleolar patterns), calcaneal (heel bone) and Lisfranc (midfoot).
Post-traumatic deformities can be divided into a deformity with a joint that can be salvaged versus a joint that cannot be salvaged. In a deformity with a relatively healthy joint and mild/moderate arthritis, osteotomies or bone cuts can be performed to realign the ankle and foot. If the joint has advanced arthritis, the deformity can be corrected with osteotomies and fusions or replacement of the joints. A replacement can be helpful in the ankle, but a fusion is the only option in the foot.