Cuboid Bone Fracture
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer. The foot is made up of a large number of smaller bones that all need to work in concert to provide a smooth walking stance with a stable base. One of these bones is called the cuboid bone and is a common bone fracture that people can suffer.
What is the Cuboid Bone?
The cuboid bone is located on the lateral side of the patient’s foot, meaning it is located on the outside of both the left and the right foot. It is shaped like a cube, having six different sides, and connects the foot to the ankle. Because it helps to transmit the forces between the foot and the ankle, it plays an important role in keeping the foot stable. The cuboid bone is also commonly implicated in a variety of midfoot and forefoot fractures.
How is the Cuboid Bone Fractured?
Similar to many other bones in the human body, there are several different reasons that the cuboid bone could be fractured. For example, some people run long distances. These miles can place a significant amount of stress on the bones in the foot, potentially leading to stress fractures that could develop over time. For other people, they could be involved in pedestrian injuries after being struck by a car. This kind of an accident can lead to a variety of injuries, including a cuboid bone fracture. Whatever the reason, people need to understand the various treatment options that are available if they do suffer a bone fracture. Understanding the various options that are available can help people make an educated decision regarding their medical care.
Immediate Treatment Options: Pain Relief
Anyone who has suffered a bone fracture before understands that there is going to be some degree of pain involved. While more serious fractures will cause larger amounts of pain, everyone needs to have treatment for their symptoms, whether it is acute or chronic pain. Most physicians will start low and go slow due to the risk of addiction with stronger pain medications and overmedicating nursing home patients. Physicians will probably start with an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. If this doesn’t work, the physician may increase the strength to a prescription anti-inflammatory such as Mobic. Only if this doesn’t work will a physician consider a prescription opioid or narcotic. With severe fractures, the physician may even consider putting the patient to sleep with an IV anesthetic.
Treatment of Stress Fractures in the Cuboid Bone
If someone has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in their cuboid bone, they will need to take a rest from all weight-bearing activity. Some people may be tempted to push through their pain; however, this will only need to more damage in their cuboid bone, potentially leading to a complete break or injuring other bones in the foot, such as calcaneus fractures. Patients will be placed in either a walking boot or a cast for a few weeks to relieve pressure and stress from the fracture site. Patients may also be given crutches to take all weight off of the bottom of the foot. Over the course of a few weeks, patients will be told to begin a gradual return to weight-bearing activity with a close monitor on their pain level. This will help to give everyone a good idea of how well the stress fracture has healed.
Treatment of Traumatic Fractures
Patients suffering a cuboid bone fracture due to traumatic injuries will likely need immediate treatment. This will start with an x-ray evaluation of the fracture site to determine whether or not the fracture has been displaced. If the fracture is displaced, the physician will need to perform surgery to place the bone back in the proper location to facilitate the recovery process. If the fracture has not been displaced, the patient may not require surgery and can recover with a plaster cast instead. The bone will take several weeks to heal fully; however, most patients will make a full recovery depending on their other comorbidities.
Contact an Experienced Bone Fracture Attorney
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer. With so many different types of injuries that can occur in auto accidents, it is important for anyone suffering an injury to contact my office at 916.921.6400 for friendly, free advice.
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