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Dr. James Chapman
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Dont have insurance fractured my left distal phalanx non displaced supposed to go to a followup would i be ok just leaving it on the splint heal alone?

Dont have insurance fractured my left distal phalanx non displaced supposed to go to a followup would i be ok just leaving it on the splint heal alone?

Probably : Get that obamacare thing going and then after the high $ deductable you will have some health care of sorts really though it will probably heal but protect it / you can get a splint at the drug store or surgical supply store do not smoke and take vit d ~ 5000 iu/day and best of luck. ...Read more

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Fractured left distal phalanx 3 weeks after accident in splint still bruied swollen ok to move from time to time with splint off

Fractured left distal phalanx 3 weeks after accident in splint still bruied swollen ok to move from time to time with splint off

Ask the question of: Your treating surgeon, as he has seen the xray. We will not be able to advise anything without seeing the position of the fragments of the fx. Do yourself a favor by checking with her/him. Good luck. ...Read more

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Fractured left pinky says distal phalanx how long do I have to wait to not be on a splint anymore its the top of the pinky & any long term consequence?

Fractured left pinky says distal phalanx how long do I have to wait to not be on a splint anymore its the top of the pinky & any long term consequence?

Would have to see: The xray to comment. Is it non displaced or non displaced? Is it comminuted or not? These are things one must know to answer your question... ...Read more

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I have a undisplaced fracture of the distal phalanx of the right hand how long will it take to heal. My doctor has now referred me to fractureclinic ?

I have  a undisplaced fracture of the distal phalanx of the right hand how long will it take to heal.
My doctor has now referred me to fractureclinic ?

Non displaced distal: Phalnx fractures with no significnat soft tissue disruption typically heal in 6-8 weeks but acute intnese pain lessens sooner and mild sensitivity may persist for a few months, part time splint for protection of the distal segment suffices unless the fracture involves a tendon attachment. ...Read more

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Suffered displaced phalanx fracture 4 weeks ago. 5th toe is bluish black, feels detached & spongy. There is dull pain & unable to put last 2 toes down?

Stabilize.: Toe fractures can range from simple , straight forward to those of more severity. The recovery process, as you would expect, will vary depending on the severity and treatment. Your inability to pit your last two toes down, seems to signify that there is still some residual swelling. This is not too unexpected if the toe is unstable. This could best be remedied by taping the last two toes together. ...Read more

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How much time does it take for calus formation for a fourth proximal phalanx fracture of foot ?

Bone healing: There are many different factors that can help determine the rate at which bone heals. Somethings we can control, whether the fx site is immobilized, swelling is controlled, pt. Smoking hx etc. Others we have less control over such as, age, metabolic condition, or the type of fractue that occured just to na, e a few. It may benefit you to have xrays and see a doctor. ...Read more

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I suffered a phalanx fracture a month ago. The skin is hard,black & finger immobile. Doc say its skin gangrene we'd wait & watch. What is it future?

I suffered a phalanx fracture a month ago. The skin is  hard,black & finger immobile. Doc say its skin gangrene we'd wait & watch. What is it future?

Need aggressive: treat meant , to save the finger and spread of infection to the hand , injury may be more extensive than you are describing , speak to your doctor again , or preferably see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I have fourth proximal phalanx fracture of foot which has not been heeled so far even on casting since 21 days .What to do next ?

Wait: No broken bone heals in 3 weeks. Bones will be 75% healed in 6-8 weeks, unless something is slowing healing. I'm glad to hear it was casted. Digital fractures are often undertreated. Rest the foot, limit activity to comfort and it should be fairly solid in another month or so. ...Read more

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Over a month after my phalanx fracture my toe is still swollen I'm not able to move it nore put pressure on it will I need surgery to fix it see pic.

Over a month after my phalanx  fracture my toe is still swollen I'm not able to move it nore put pressure on it will I need surgery to fix it see pic.

I would advise: Using a surgical shoe to walk with and wrapping he toe to attempt to reduce swelling. Icing is goo as well. Would need copy of xrays to comment further. ...Read more

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Suffered a displaced phalanx fracture a month ago. Now my doc says my toe is dry gangrene except for a tiny portion at the ventral side. Can i recover?

Suffered a displaced phalanx fracture a month ago. Now my doc says my toe is dry gangrene except for a tiny portion at the ventral side. Can i recover?

Yes without toe: If Dr. is correct and fractured phalanx has lost blood supply then loss of toe will occur. In an extremity when blood supply is lost a vascular surgeon attempts vessel graft but this requires a large vessel even if graft employed. In the toe no vessel can be re established when lost and gangrene sets in. With wet gangrene surgery needed immediately. Dry gangrene if left will need amputation ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: open repair of rib fracture?

Plating broken bones: Multiple rib fractures may compromise respiratory function, or a non-healing rib fracture may cause continuing pain. These conditions can sometimes be helped by cutting down to the rib and stabilizing it by screwing on a plate made of metal or other material. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: open repair of finger fracture?

What is the definition or description of: open repair of finger fracture?

Open fracture repair: Fractures can be treated closed (without an incision) or open (with a formal incision at surgery). There are pluses and minuses of each and the path taken depends on the location of the fracture, displaced or nondisplaced, type of fracture, and surgeon preference. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: open repair of clavicle fracture?

What is the definition or description of: open repair of clavicle fracture?

Clavicle fracture: An open fracture is one that the bone ends puncture through the skin. An open repair involves making an incision then placing a plate and screws onto the clavicle then closing the skin. ...Read more

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Will i be able to play soccer in august after a open repair of a clavicle fracture?

Typically after: An open repair if a fracture full contact sports are not permitted until the fracture appears to be united on x-ray and motionand stregth have returned. Icant say how it affect you specifically. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a 14 year old to play golf again after a open repair of a clavicle fracture?

Depends: Depends upon how severe the injury and the extent of the repair.Your orthopedic surgeon can give the best answer to the question. May take several months to full recovery. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for great toe fracture at the base of the distal phalanx?

What are some treatment options for great toe fracture at the base of the distal phalanx?

Immobilizatioin: Toe strapping and rigid surgical shoe. On occasion if displaced, it may require surgical reduction. ...Read more

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Is there any way to speed up the healing of fracture of phalanx of foot ?

Depends: Generally, no. Closed foot phalanx fractures heal in a relatively predictable manner. There are no proven medications or other measures that will speed this up. However, there are some especially severe fractures and open fractures that will heal faster with surgery. There are also a very small number that will go on to nonunion. Nonunions need investigation and tailored treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take for fracture phalanx toes to heal?

The first 2 stages: Of bone healing take 6-8 weeks, during which time you need to keep your walking to a bare minimum. The last stage takes up to a year, but that should not interfere with your usual activities. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more