Foot Fracture Treatment
The treatment for foot fractures depends on the severity of the fracture. Treatment for foot fractures usually include rests, elevation, cold compresses, and the use of crutches. The extended use of a cast, splint, or fracture shoe is common with more severe injuries. Surgery may be required for some severe fractures.
Treatment for foot fractures may include:
- Apply a cold compress:
- Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
- Rest the foot:
- Use a walker.
- Use crutches.
- Elevate the foot.
- Foot cast or splint
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Surgery for foot fracture
- Physical therapy for foot fracture
Foot Fracture Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a foot fracture.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Foot Fracture Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat foot fractures:
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