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Can I ice my broken foot whenever I want? (details)

Asked by redfeather (6502points) July 11th, 2011 from iPhone

I broke my foot Friday night. It’s still quite swollen and painful as I have not yet had it treated. ( I have an appointment today) can I just keep ice on it? As long as I don’t let my skin get too cold? Or will that damage it?

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CWOTUS's avatar

“First aid” for sprains is RICE:
Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation

I’m sure that some of those treatments will work for a minor break, too, of course: Rest and Elevation especially. “Rest” is obvious. “Elevation” to help avoid swelling as blood flows to the low (and now rested) joint.

I would imagine that “Compression” to aid in keeping down the swelling would help if it were light enough. (You certainly wouldn’t want to compress a displaced fracture! But I can’t imagine that you’ve had a displaced fracture for three days without treatment, either.)

For the same reasons as above, I think that moderate icing would assist in numbing the pain. Use an ice bag separated from your skin by a folded towel.

john65pennington's avatar

20 minutes is usually the time period for ice or heat applications.

redfeather's avatar

@CWOTUS I remember RICE from my soccer days ;) I went to urgent care and they just x-rayed it and wrapped it. I cracked metatarsals and I’m suspecting I pulled a muscle or ligament or something because the way my foot rolled and now my ankle won’t really bend.

@john65pennington how long should I wait in between icing?

Kayak8's avatar

On for 20 minutes, off for 20 minutes . . .

redfeather's avatar

I went to the doctor. I have a sprained ankle, torn ligament, and a broken displaced metatarsal. Surgery next week :(

MilkyWay's avatar

Oh dear dear @redfeather , I’m so sorry :(
Hey, if it helps, I can’t bend my ankle either. Good luck for the surgery.

redfeather's avatar

Haha aw @MilkyWay thanks :) I’m gonna paint flames on my boot. Just decided

redfeather's avatar

My friend was so sweet, he took me to the hospital and sat with me on his birthday

MilkyWay's avatar

That’s what you call a true friend :)

Kayak8's avatar

I would dig out the old Bedazzler so you can make something of the hospital-issued footwear (just sayin’)

redfeather's avatar

If only I had one! I’d bedazzle the hell out of it!

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