How do Fractures Heal?

What is a Fracture?

Despite its different name, a fracture is really a broken bone. There are several different types of broken bones.

  1. Stress fractures - caused by repetitive injuries
  2. Complete fractures - caused by a large trauma such as a fall from a height
  3. Surgically induced fractures - the intentional moving of a bone through a surgical procedure
  4. Secondary intention fractures - areas of micromotion between two bones that create a callus

How do bones heal?

The key to the healing of bones is immobilization. Whether it’s a surgically induced fracture or a complete fracture, it's necessary to create an internal fixation so that the healing process can take place, unimpeded by movement. Typically, an internal fixation is something metallic to hold the bone in place so it doesn’t move. That allows the podiatrists at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists to help their patients with a speedy recovery without a lot of extra bone formation.

With secondary intention fractures, the micromotion between two bones is limited with various treatment protocols:

  • Ambulatory boots
  • Cast and crutches
  • Wheelchairs
  • Knee scooters

The overall goal is to get your bone to heal faster without further complications. If you've recently experienced a fracture in your foot or you’ve had one that is delayed in healing, contact the experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. They can make a proper diagnosis for you, and get you back onto the road to recovery. 

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists