The Best Way To Recover From A Broken Foot
Winter is almost here and that means skiing and spending time in front of the fire. It also means ski accidents, many of which lead to the skier breaking their foot. Not only is this painful, but it also means navigating snow and ice with one good foot. If this has happened to you, then here is some information on the best ways to recover from a broken foot. So, take this advice and make sure you can get back on the slopes in no time at all.
First, let’s get to know our feet a bit better
The human foot has close to one-quarter of all the bones in our body. Many of these bones are small and due to their small size, they are prone to breaks and dislocations. This is especially true if you are involved in physical activity which puts a lot of stress on your feet.
Breaks happen, but the first thing to keep in mind is how to best manage your symptoms while making sure you can get back to your pre-break shape without any aches and pains. This can be tricky as the bones are so small, but a good place to start is to talk to your doctor about the pain or discomfort you are feeling. Even a small break might require six weeks to recover and failure to properly stabilize your foot might risk pain and discomfort down the road.
The next thing you need to know is P.R.I.C.E.
This stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. The combination these factors will help you to recover from a broken foot quicker and more efficiently. If you are feeling pain, then ask your doctor which over the counter pain medication (i.e. ibuprofen or naproxen). If the complexity of your break requires a stronger pain medication, then make sure you and your doctor have talked through the appropriate use of the medication and steps to ensure that you don’t become over-reliant on the medication.
Know this goes without saying, but you want to keep your weight off your foot during the healing process. This is rather easy when you are resting as you can elevate your foot. But when you are mobile you want to choose a mobility solution which will help you get around without reinjuring your broken foot. One such option is a knee scooter, which is a portable lightweight device which will help you to keep your weight off your broken foot while getting around.
Finally, go slow. Especially in the beginning.
There is no prize for overdoing things. Yes, you want to stick to the schedule outlined by your doctor and your physical therapist. But you want to make sure to take it easy as well. Only do the exercises they recommend and only for the number of reps and the time they recommend. Overdoing could lead you reinjuring your broken foot – this is especially true in the early weeks of recovery when the bone ends have not completely fused together.
If you do have complication, then you should reach out to your doctor of physical therapist as soon as possible. This means if you feel any pain, discomfort, swelling, or even if you fall and are worried about breaking your foot. Get to a doctor and get it checked out. Not doing so can risk long-term issues such as chronic pain and arthritis. This is important, so don’t think that a persistent twinge is just part of the recovery process.
Now, if your broken foot is due to a repetitive stress, then you want to talk to your doctor to see what changes you can make to your routine. This could include special shoes or inserts to help cushion the blow on your feet, or it could include a change in your diet which will help to strengthen your bones.
Recovery means getting back to the same form you were in prior to breaking your foot. This also means that you don’t feel any pain. As mentioned, you want to go slow in the beginning and don’t put too much stress on your foot as you are getting back into the swing of things. Even after you recover, you want to make sure you are taking the right precautions to make sure that you won’t your foot again.
Getting back on your feet is not complicated. Remember to go to a doctor as soon as something happens, follow P.R.I.C.E., keep your weight off your foot. In addition, make sure that you don’t overdo it and to report any complications to a doctor as soon as they happen. From there craft a plan to handle repetitive stresses which could risk breaking your foot again, this way you can get back on the slopes with your friends in no time at all.