Displaced and non-displaced fractures refer to the alignment of the fractured bone. In a displaced fracture, the bone snaps into two or more parts and moves so that the two ends are not lined up straight. If the bone is in many pieces, it is called a comminuted fracture.
An added oblique view of this same patient with a navicular fracture was performed in the ED to help verify the absence of other significant fractures. Obtaining views that are not part of the routine foot series can be helpful and should be added when needed.
What Causes A Compound Fracture? A compound or open fracture is always a result of trauma, usually caused by a severe direct impact such as may occur in an auto accident or a fall from a great height. In some cases, however, an open fracture can occur from a twisting type of injury if enough force is involved.
Toe and Metatarsal Fractures (Broken Toes) The structure of the foot is complex, consisting of bones, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. Of the 28 bones in the foot, 19 are toe bones (phalanges) and metatarsal bones (the long bones in the midfoot). Fractures of the toe and metatarsal bones are common and require evaluation by a specialist. A foot and ankle surgeon should be seen for proper diagnosis and treatment, even if initial treatment has been received in an emergency room.
OTA type 61A fractures are defined as stable pelvic injuries, including type 61A1 fractures, which are avulsion fractures of the innominate bone; type 61A2 fractures, which are fractures of the innominate bone; and type 61A3 fractures, which are transverse fractures of the sacrum and coccyx.