Ask the Foot Doc – Healing a Broken Toe

Question:

How long should a broken toe be bandaged for it to heal properly?

Answer:

The stability and severity of the toe fracture will determine the healing time.  This can be evaluated by an x-ray.  If stable and properly treated, most toe fractures will heal in about 4-6 weeks.  Other factors that can affect the healing time of a broken bone include nutrition and smoking.

If you have a foot injury or suspect a toe fracture, call (425) 455-0936 to schedule an appointment.  At CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have digital x-rays to diagnose any fractures.

Ask the Foot Doc – Exercising with a Toe Fracture

Question:Toe Fracture

I injured my foot and had an x-ray.  I was told I fractured my toe.  What exercises can I do?  I would like to still do cardio workouts.   Thanks!

Answer:

It depends on the severity of the toe fracture.  For a minor, stable toe fracture, splint the toe and wear a stiff, supportive shoe during workouts.  Low-impact exercises using an elliptical machine or a recumbent bike are good options.  Swimming is also very low-impact and great for cardio.  Check with your doctor before beginning any exercises.

If you have a foot injury or suspect a toe fracture, please call us at (425) 455-0936 to schedule an appointment.  At CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have digital x-rays to diagnose any fractures.

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Ask the Foot Doc – Leg Cramps

Question:

I have very bad cramps in my legs and feet especially at night.  What would be your best advice to make these better or go away?

Answer:

Try these tips to reduce your leg cramps. Stretch your calf muscles during the day and again right before bed.  Avoid sitting for long periods of time.  Regular exercise such as walking can help improve circulation and prevent spasms.  Eat a well-balanced diet with adequate calcium, potassium, and magnesium.  Remember to stay well hydrated.  And if your leg cramps don’t improve, see your doctor.

If you have any foot or ankle problems, the doctors of CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists are here to help!  Please call us at (425) 455-0936 to schedule an appointment.

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