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Bearing Weight on a Broken Foot

Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00

Regardless of how you broke your foot, bearing weight on a broken foot before it has healed sufficiently can cause additional injury. It is important that you wear a walking boot, are in a cast, or use crutches when you break your foot. It is generally seen that a broken bone takes six to 12 weeks to heel. The younger and healthier you are, the quicker healing can happen. The location of the break will also impact healing time. If the injury to your foot is in the heel, big toe, or fifth metatarsal, expect to be off your feet for at least six weeks. As might be expected, if you have a displaced broken bone that requires surgery or pins for stabilization, healing time will be longer. If you have sustained a break to your foot, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and treatment plan.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact John Horlebein, DPM from Northern Cascades Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Chelan, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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