A bone in your foot or ankle can break in several ways, whether it’s a fall, direct blow, twisting injury, crushing injury, or stress and overuse fracture. Some breaks are severe and immediately noticeable. Other injuries, like stress fractures, can cause discomfort without a patient even realizing they’ve encountered an actual break. Healing broken bones is important to avoid problems in the future.
The process for healing fractures depends on which bone is broken and the severity of the injury. When a bone is broken, it goes through three stages during the healing process: inflammation, bone production, and bone remodeling. The final stage can go on for several months as the bone slowly returns to its original shape.
Healing will be different for each individual as other factors such as age, underlying medical conditions, and even nutrition are at play. For the most part, it generally takes a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks for a break to heal to the point where it can bear weight.
Contact Dr. Gene Reister if you have foot pain and suspect a fracture. We can confirm the injury and provide the right treatment. Call our office at (972) 690-5374 for an appointment today.