Fractured fairytales (in which traditional and well-known storylines and characters are altered) can be quite funny. A fractured foot, on the other hand, not-so-much. While a broken foot can definitely alter the way you thought things were going to turn out, proper foot care after a fracture can make sure your story ends happily ever after…but first, let’s start at the beginning.
If, once upon a time, a trauma occurs to your foot, in addition to pain, other signs of a broken bone are an inability to bear weight, tenderness, swelling, and discoloration. Like the various tales from Mother Goose, there are a number of different types of fractures, which is why it’s important to seek medical help. An x-ray can reveal the bone or bones involved as well as the severity of the break. Care, of course, depends on the injury, however there are some typical treatment steps that take place.
Rest. It is imperative that you keep weight off of a fractured foot so the injury has time to heal.
Ice. In the initial stages, this can reduce pain and inflammation. Medication can also help, as well as elevating your foot above heart level.
Immobilization. In order to keep the broken bones aligned in their proper position, a cast or splint is often used to hold your bones in place. For minor fractures, an elastic bandage may be enough to stabilize the injury. If the break is severe, however, a surgical procedure involving pins or screws may be needed to ensure proper alignment and healing. Traction is sometimes used to gently pull and arrange bones into place so they can heal correctly.
As much as we’d like to wave a magic wand to make your broken foot instantly better, depending on the severity of your fracture, recovery can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Even then, mobility should be kept to a minimum, with a gradual return to normal activities. Physical therapy will aid in restoring function and strength so you can get back on your feet before the clock strikes 12!
For more information about foot care after a fracture, dial (512) 593-2949 to reach our Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX location.