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.
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.