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Broken Foot (cont.)

Can a broken foot be cared for at home?

First aid for people with foot injuries is stabilization and elevation of the injured foot.

  • Any splint that keeps the injured foot from moving is effective. Often a pillow wrapped around the foot like a stirrup and then taped or tied with a bandage works well.
  • Do not wrap the foot so tightly that it cuots off the blood supply to the foot. Any splint that causes the foot to hurt worse, turn blue, or makes it more difficult to wiggle the toes should be removed right away.
  • Elevation of the injured foot reduces swelling and pain. The foot should be at a level higher than the rest of the body. Lie flat with the foot propped up on several pillows.
  • Ice wrapped in a towel and applied to the injured foot may also reduce swelling and pain for the first several hours after an injury. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time every hour while awake after the injury for one day.
  • Do not attempt to walk on an injured foot if walking is painful.

Injured toes usually heal well even if they are broken; however, if the toe seems to be deformed or is pointing in the wrong direction consult a doctor.

  • Treatment involves splinting the injured toe to the good toe next to it. This is called "buddy taping."
  • Some thin padding (usually cotton balls) is placed between the injured and good toe(s) and they are taped securely with a wide medical tape. They should be secure enough to provide support but not so tight as to cut off blood supply to the toes.
  • A shoe with a fairly rigid sole such as a flat firm sandal or a rigid flat-bottom shoe from a medical supply store is also helpful.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2015

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