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A 31-year-old female asked:

Why does my broken foot swells up when i put it down and when will it stop swelling?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 23 years experience
Gravity.: Swelling may increase when you foot is in a dependent position because it has a harder time moving up against gravity. Swelling may last several weeks to months.
Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic 44 years experience
Helps return blood.: Blood is pumped by the heart through body. If a foot is broken, even more blood flows to the injured area. But blood needs to circulate. When blood gets pumped to the foot, it is normally milked back up the veins by the muscular "squeezing" of every day activities. When there is limited mobility, keeping ones foot elevated above the heart helps return the blood and lowers swelling.
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
Nature Made.: The reason for the swelling is, when the fracture occurred, the injured tissue sent chemical signals through the blood stream to initiate a sequence of events causing an increase of blood flow to the injury site. This increased flow delivers more proteins, oxygen and sugar for repair, the increase also causes edema, which serves to stabilize the fracture site. Natures true style of fracture care.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017


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