Should I go to ER for broken foot?
The easy answer is “Yes, you can go to urgent care for a broken foot.” Naturally, if the injury has affected numerous bones within the foot or ankle, or if it is a compound fracture, you’ll want to bypass the urgent care center and go directly to the emergency room.
Is a broken foot and emergency?
You will likely initially seek treatment for a broken foot in an emergency room or urgent care clinic. If the pieces of broken bone aren’t lined up properly for healing, you may be referred to a doctor specializing in orthopedic surgery.
Is a broken bone an emergency?
A fracture is a broken bone. It requires medical attention. If the broken bone is the result of major trauma or injury, call 911 or your local emergency number.
What happens if you don’t go to the hospital for a broken bone?
When a bone fracture is untreated, it can result in either a nonunion or a delayed union. In the former case, the bone doesn’t heal at all, which means that it will remain broken. As a result, swelling, tenderness, and pain will continue to worsen over time.
Can you wiggle your toes with a broken foot?
Do not wrap the foot so tightly that it cuts 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.
What will the hospital do for a broken foot?
Treatment of foot fractures depend upon which bone is broken but many fractures are treated with a compression dressing, a stiff-soled shoe, boot, and weight bearing as tolerated. Some foot fractures require surgery to repair the damage.
How do I know if my foot injury is serious?
Go to the emergency room if:
- there’s an open wound on your foot.
- pus is coming out of your foot.
- you can’t walk or put weight on your foot.
- you experience severe bleeding.
- there are broken bones coming through your skin.
- you feel lightheaded or dizzy.
- you think your foot could be infected.
Is a break usually in a bone?
A fracture is a break, usually in a bone. If the broken bone punctures the skin, it is called an open or compound fracture. Fractures commonly happen because of car accidents, falls, or sports injuries. Other causes are low bone density and osteoporosis, which cause weakening of the bones.
How long can a broken bone go untreated?
Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks, but this varies tremendously from bone to bone and in each person based on many of the factors discussed above. Hand and wrist fractures often heal in 4-6 weeks whereas a tibia fracture may take 20 weeks or more.
How long can you wait with a broken bone?
Restricting movement of a broken bone, which requires a splint, sling, brace or cast, is critical to healing. Before applying a cast, your doctor will likely wait until the swelling goes down, usually five to seven days after injury.