A fractured foot can be a stressful process, and there are many questions one may have along the way. One of the more frequently asked questions podiatrists receive is whether or not a cast is needed for a fractured foot. This review answers this specific question and provides insights into what the fractured treatment process may involve.
There are different types of fractures, and the type of fracture determines the most appropriate method of treatment. In most cases, a fractured foot does require a cast. There are also other steps patients can expect throughout the treatment process as well.
It is important to understand the different types of fractures as they are treated differently. There are different ways to evaluate fractures. However, the simplest way to assess them is four different forms, which are:
An open fracture occurs when the broken bone in the foot breaks through the skin. This is, of course, a more serious type. A closed fracture occurs when the broken bone does not break the skin. A displaced fracture can be either open or closed. This refers to a fracture in which the bone breaks into two or more pieces and moves out of alignment. A non-displaced fracture occurs when the bone remains in its alignment.
Reduction, immobilization, and surgery are the three most common forms of treatment for a fractured foot. All of which may require the need to wear a cast at some point in the treatment process. As mentioned, the cast plays an important role in keeping the broken bone stable while it heals. After treatment, physical therapy is likely necessary to regain strength and mobility in the fractured foot.
Most fractures in the foot do require the patient to wear a cast. The cast keeps the bone in place and allows the bone to heal properly. This is particularly necessary if the fracture is displaced. However, podiatrists also recommend a cast for many non-displaced fractures of the foot as well to further ensure it heals properly. This is important for foot fractures in particular as the foot is subject to more use than other parts of the body.
When required to wear a cast, it is important to follow the podiatrist’s advice closely. Ask the podiatrist if it is required to bathe with the cast on. In many cases, it is important to leave the cast on 24/7 during the recovery process.
Contact our podiatrist team today when suffering from a fractured foot. We can schedule a visit as soon as possible to determine the best treatment method to ensure a quick and full recovery.
Request an appointment here: https://www.pocatellopodiatry.com or call Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic at (208) 803-0010 for an appointment in our Pocatello office.
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