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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 will X-ray the foot and may order a CT scan or MRI.
  • 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 November 21, 2013

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