Prevention and Treatment of Fractures
You can help prevent fractures in the feet and legs by ensuring that the surfaces you walk or run on are as even as possible. If you’re on an uneven surface, pay attention to the path and move at a pace that allows you to keep an eye on changes in the terrain.
When playing sports, proper shoes with non-slip outsoles that provide some measure of ankle support are advisable. To ensure that feet are optimally protected, IPFH suggests that you wear properly selected and fitted, as part of an integrated approach, padded socks with the shoes and any inserts or orthotics prescribed or recommended by a doctor or foot health professional.
Avoid aggressive sports and activities for which you have not trained properly. Also avoid high-heeled shoes, which may affect stability and increase vulnerability to falls and twisting of the ankle.
Treatment for fractures typically includes immobilization of the injured area for four to six weeks, depending on the type and severity of the fracture. During that period, you will wear a cast, splint or brace to reduce pressure on the limb. In some cases, a walking cast or healing boot may be appropriate.