Treating Foot Fractures
Fractures, commonly known as broken bones, are actually common. This is especially true for the feet since they’re very susceptible to twisting and slipping. We use them daily to get us around and they have to contend with all our walking, running, skipping, hopping, etc. So it’s only natural that you get a foot fracture from time to time. If you’ve yet to consult our podiatrists, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan, here at the Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc. in Chattanooga, TN, about your foot fracture, here are some practical tips to manage it.
Home Remedies for Foot Fractures
First aid for foot fractures you can do at home is all about elevating and stabilizing the affected foot, which you can do with the following tips:
- Never force yourself to walk on your injured foot to ease pain and prevent further complications.
- Elevate your injured foot, whether you’re sitting down or lying down, to alleviate pain and swelling.
- To keep your fractured foot from moving, use a DIY splint. Simply wrap a pillow around your foot and then tie or tape it with a bandage to secure it.
- You can take OTC painkillers like acetaminophen or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like naproxen or ibuprofen to minimize inflammation and pain.
- To reduce swelling and pain right after your injury, wrap some ice in a clean towel and apply it for 20 minutes every hour at least for one day.
Depending on the specific injury, foot fractures particularly on the toes, heal properly even if they’re broken. But if your toe looks like it’s pointing in a weird direction, appears deformed in some way, or if your symptoms persist, go to your podiatrist in Chattanooga, TN, right away.
Medical Treatment for Foot Fractures
Basically, your treatment will heavily depend on which specific bone is broken and the manner by which it was broken. For example, certain fractures could be treated with flat-bottom footwear and crutches, some will require boots, casts, or splints, while others may only get better with surgery. Follow-up checkups with your podiatrist are very crucial, especially if you have trouble moving your foot or walking or are still feeling pain to help make certain that you prevent reinjury and heal properly.
In addition, if you develop these symptoms, go to the emergency department immediately:
- The pain in your injured foot is severe.
- Your injured foot is numb, cold, and/or blue.
- Your foot looks deformed or misshapen.
- There’s a huge open wound or cut close to the fracture.
- You feel that you require immediate medical treatment for some reason.
Concerned About Foot Fractures?
Schedule a checkup with Dr. Dennis Bizzoco or Dr. Brian Burgan here at the Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc. in Chattanooga, TN. Dial (423) 855-0728 for more details.