Broken Foot (cont.)
What is the medical treatment for a broken foot?
Treatment for a broken bone in the foot depends on which
bone is broken and how it is broken. Some broken bones in the foot can be
treated with crutches and flat-bottom shoes, others require splints or casts or
and still others require surgery to repair the bones.
Crutches are used to help the injured person walk when the foot is broken.
- When walking using crutches it is important that they fit properly and that you use them correctly. Your doctor should adjust your crutches to fit you and show you how to use them.
- When using crutches, put your
weight on your arms and hands. Do not put your weight on your underarms (armpits). This could hurt the nerves in your underarms.
- To avoid falling, use your crutches only on firm ground.
Your doctor will tell you whether or not you should bear any weight on your injured foot.
- To use crutches in a "non-weight bearing" way, keep the knee of your injured leg bent whenever you walk, to keep the injured foot from ever touching the ground. Do not let it touch even to help with balance.
- To use crutches for "partial weight bearing" or "weight bearing as tolerated," you can let your injured foot touch the ground only when the crutches are also touching the ground, so that some of your weight is on your foot and some is on the crutches. Always let your injured leg swing with the crutches. If it hurts when you walk, put more weight on the crutches and less on your injured foot.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2015
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