A "fracture" is the technical term for a "broken bone," which is a crack in the bone.
There are two basic types of bone fractures:
- Traumatic fracture – occurs when a significant amount of force is applied to a bone (as in the case of a twisting injury when the ankle bones fracture or a car accident when bones in the foot may break).
- Stress fracture – occurs when a small or moderate amount of force is applied over and over again to a specific bone. With a stress fracture, the bone breaks but does commonly become displaced (misaligned).
Below, explore content on fractures in different parts of the body.
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