Treating a Bone Fracture

Some people hear that ominous “snap” and know they have broken a bone in their foot or ankle. Others may not have heard the bone break, but are feeling tremendous foot pain, can’t move their ankle or foot, or see a swollen foot or ankle. Either way, it’s best to take some precautions to immobilize a bone fracture before heading to the emergency room.

First, slowly and carefully remove your shoe and sock. Use something, like a stick, board or magazine to create a splint. Place towels or clothes between the splint and the leg to create padding, and use a belt, rope or cloth to tie the splint in place. You don’t want to tie it too tightly to restrict circulation. Alternatively, wrap a pillow around the broken ankle and tie it in place.

Next, elevate your foot. It’s best if someone can elevate your foot for you, rather than you trying to do it yourself. Your foot should be raised to the position of your heart. Elevating your foot will reduce bleeding and swelling. While it might be tempting to hop around on one foot, refrain from doing so.

Once your foot is immobilized and bleeding has stopped, go to a Boca Raton hospital emergency room as soon as possible. The ER physician will take X-rays to determine the severity of the bone fracture and course of treatment. If your bones aren’t in proper alignment to heal, your bone fracture may need to be reset. Then your broken foot or ankle will be placed in a cast. You’ll be given pain medications if needed, along with instructions for your recovery.