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A 29-year-old member asked:

How long is it usual to wear a cast for a broken foot?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Depends: On the bone fractured, the extent of the injury etc. The answer really varies and is case dependent.
Dr. Mak Yousefpour
Podiatry 18 years experience
4 weeks: Most of the bones in the feet consolidate and heal in 4 weeks. However, depending on how severe your broken foot is and how the bones are aligned this may take longer.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
May vary: Healing rates depend on various factors. In general bone may take 4-8 weeks to heal. For fifth metatarsal base fracture the healing may be delayed due to a limited blood supply in that area. You may be placed in a cast initially and then be asked to wear a rigid walking boot for the remainder of the healing process.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long will a broken foot be swollen after the cast comes off?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 38 years experience
Depends: Most broken bones take around 6 weeks to mend. Ususally, there is ligamentous damage in addition that can prolong healing. As a rule of thumb, it will take two days for every one day your foot is immobilized or in a cast. (6 wks in cast 12 after cast to recover). When your fractured foot looks the same color as your non fractured foot when you shower, then swelling is usually done :) dr l.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long does it take a broken foot to stop hurting once I have a cast on?

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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Elevate it.: Elevation and immobilization will both help reduce your pain. The more you elevate, the less you swell, and the less you swell, the less you hurt. Elevation and following the directions given with your prescribed pain medication will reduce your pain as quickly as possible. Depending on your injury, you may be sore for awhile as it heals, though.
A 30-year-old member asked:

For how long should a broken foot hurt after getting in a cast?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
It takes: Approx 6-8 weeks for a broken bone to heal. Pain will be worse after the initial injury and should decrease as time passes. Elevation, ice behind your knee, antiinflammatories and even pain killers can help during the uncomfortable time. Make sure the color of your toes is normal and the cast is not too tight.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

How long after a cast gets put on for a broken foot should it stop swelling?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine 38 years experience
It may take several: days for the swelling to stop and reverse. You need to keep the foot elevated to help decrease the swelling.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long is recovery after a full leg cast for a broken foot?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Laha
Podiatry 38 years experience
Around 6 weeks: Normal bone healing take around 6 weeks. This depends on many factors: alignment of fracture, age, health, type of fracture and treatment. There is not much you can do to speed up healing. There is a lot you can do to slow it down. Follow your doctor's directions. As long as you are feeling consistently better daily, then the fracture is probably healing. Dr l.

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