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    Broken Foot Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • The person is seriously injured.
    • Bone is sticking out of skin.
    • Bleeding doesn't stop after several minutes of firm pressure.
    • Blood spurts from the wound.

    • The person is seriously injured.
    • Bone is sticking out of skin.
    • Bleeding doesn't stop after several minutes of firm pressure.
    • Blood spurts from the wound.

    1. Stop Bleeding if Necessary

    • Apply pressure to wound area with a clean cloth until bleeding stops.
    • If the bone is pushing through the skin, do not touch it or try to put it back in place.

    2. Control Swelling

    • Apply ice.
    • Elevate the foot and have the person stay off it as much as possible.

    3. Get Medical Help Immediately

    • See a health care provider. Foot injuries can develop into long-lasting problems if they go untreated.

    4. Follow Up

    • The health care provider may recommend special shoes or apply a cast or cast boot to stabilize and protect the foot.
    • Surgery may be needed for more complicated fractures.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on January 23, 2016

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