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Broken Foot not healed

Posted by Allie V on 6/19/03 at 15:52 (122377)

I broke my foot 7 weeks ago. I broke the side of my right foot stepping down stairs on the side of my foot, instead of the flat of my foot. I have been in a walking cast for 7 weeks. My xray shows that it is not healed all the way. It is about three quarters healed. The doctor says it may never heal and I should walk on it anyway because otherwise my foot and ankle may become frozen. When I did walk on it without the cast, it was very painful and became swollen. I don't feel right about walking on a broken foot. Is what he says true? If I just leave the cast on for a few more weeks, will it heal?

Re: Broken Foot not healed

Ed Davis, DPM on 6/19/03 at 19:04 (122395)

Allie:

That is a hard question to answer without knowing exactly which bone was broken and without being able to see the x-rays. I am a bit concerned about the comment about the bone 'never healing' as that is something that should not happen. Consider getting a second opinion.

Ed

Re: Broken Foot not healed

Allie V on 6/19/03 at 21:53 (122406)

Thank you so much. I have an appointment next week with another doctor. I plan to keep my cast on and not walk on it again without the cast, until I go to the doctor. I am glad to know that the bone never healing thing didn't sound right. What a relief!