logo ai

Treating a Bone Fracture

By Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS | Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

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. Treating a bone fracture requires patience. Here is what to do:

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. Treating a bone fracture in our facilities is straightforward. 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. Learn more about treatment procedures by booking an appointment with our specialists.


Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS

Known for his expertise in thorough diagnostic testing and a steady surgical hand, Jason M. Gold, DPM, is a leader in modern foot and ankle care and sports medicine. He’s one of a handful of doctors who’s board certified in foot and ankle surgery in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jason Gold cares for patients at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, a state-of-the-art practice with locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida.

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus , DPM - Podiatrist in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus is a foot, ankle, and leg vein specialist practicing in South Florida. She is considered a leader and innovator for various procedures in her field, including fat pad and vein care. Dr. Schoenhaus grew up in southern New Jersey and she considers herself a true Philly girl. After graduating from the University of Michigan, having studied kinesiology and human movement, she went to Temple University in Philadelphia where she got her doctorate.

Related Articles

Rectangle 1144 2

Treating Ankle Pain

If left untreated, ankle pain can become chronic and may result in the development of other forms of severe foot pain. Here’s how to treat and prevent ankle pain:

Rectangle 1144 2

Causes of Hammertoes

A number of lifestyle factors are responsible for hammertoes. Here is what you need to know about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of hammertoes: