Fracture Reduction Overview
A foot or ankle fracture is a serious injury that requires medical attention. An appointment with a Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) foot and ankle specialist should be made as soon as possible. A fracture reduction may need to be performed to align the broken bone.
How is a fracture reduction performed?
A fracture reduction is a noninvasive procedure, an incision is not made. General or local anesthesia is given to ensure the patient feels no pain or discomfort. With x-ray guidance, a CONA foot and ankle specialist gently manipulates the foot or ankle to align the broken bone. A splint is placed on the foot or ankle to immobilize and protect it.
What does a fracture reduction treat?
A displaced fracture occurs when a bone breaks and the fractured ends do not properly align. Displaced fractures will not heal properly unless a fracture reduction procedure aligns the bone.