Broken foot swelling
Swelling is a common side effect that goes with a broken foot and causes severe pain. Broken bones are also called fractures in the foot and the feet are prone to slipping and twisting. The feet and toes lead us around when walking and on the receiving end of dropped objects. Children are more prone to a broken foot. Always bear in mind that there are 26 bones found in the human foot and mostly are small and fragile.
- Something is dropped on the foot or pushed into a hard object that cause crushing or snapping of the bones and usually due to a fall or sudden movement.
- Accidentally kicking something hard
- Heels are sometimes broken when jumping from a height and landing on the feet.
- Foot can be broken when they are sprained or twisted
- The pain is severe that the affected person has difficulty in walking due to swelling, but if there is a broken toe, it will cause less pain and there is no difficulty in walking.
- Bruising and redness of the affected area
- Incapable of bearing weight on the affected foot which indicates a fracture.
- Deformity of the toes or dislocation if the foot is fractured
- Move the affected person immediately to a safe place and check for other injuries.
- Remove the shoes and socks from both feet and look for symptoms of a broken foot by comparing both sides of the feet for swelling and other differences in the shape. Usually, the most common symptoms include pain, swelling and deformity of the affected foot. Check for other symptoms such as numbness, coldness or bruising of the foot. The bones are exposed and difficulty in walking or bearing weight.
- Control any bleeding by applying pressure on the wound by using gauze. If the gauze pad is already soaked with blood, add another layer of gauze and continue applying pressure.
- Immobilize the foot by placing a stick or a rolled newspaper along the inside of the foot from the heel to the big toe and place a pad with a cloth, then wrap it using a belt or another cloth around the splinted foot to make it secured to help minimize mobility of the affected area.
- Elevate the affected foot above the level of the heart and apply a cold compress to help minimize the swelling. Wrap the ice pack in a towel and then place it on the area for at least 15 minutes. Avoid walking on the injured foot. Crutches can be used when walking.
- Take the prescribed over-the-counter pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen to reduce the pain and inflammation.
- Seek the help of a physical therapist for some exercises that helps in improving the flexibility and strength of the affected foot and prevent making the condition worse.