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How long does swelling over an injured finger or toe associated with broken bone last?

How long does swelling over an injured finger or toe associated with broken bone last?

Healing rates vary: The healing rates can vary depending on the individual, on the extent and type of fracture, and on the treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?

Don't exactly kno-: -what a "back rib" is, but I assume U mean a regular rib near the spine. All healing bones have an area of swelling around them, especially visible in thinner people. This is a normal finding. ...Read more

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What can I use for pubic bone fracture and ankles swelling?

What can I use for pubic bone fracture and ankles swelling?

Swollen ankles/bone: You may need to limit activity for several weeks to prevent aggravating the fractured area and causing inflammation and swelling/ pain which will cause entire leg to swell down to ankles and you will have more pain undoubtedly. This is the time to allow healing. There are anti- inflammatory medications ( nsaids ) which can help with pain and swelling. See orthopedic. -go to er if one leg swells. ...Read more

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What can I do if i've had a fractured bone in my leg and I am having severe swelling and bruising in my ankle?

See a specialist: I am not sure from your description if these two issues are occurring at same time. I would highly recommend you see your primary care doctor, a podiatrist or orthopedist for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I heal pain in my ankle after running for my half marathon this weekend? There is no real swelling or bone fracture.

Rest, ice and:: Start with resting and icing it to cool things down, an acewrap to support it would be helpful. Gentle exercises would be helpful, within limits of discomfort initially, and gradually increase them as pain reduces.
Nsaids like Ibuprofen type medication would help. I am sure you'll be painfree in about 5-10 days time. If not see your doctor. ...Read more

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12 weeks of stable ankle fabula fracture bone completely heal som swelling and stiffness when to start normal walk how long does stiffness finish?

12 weeks of stable ankle fabula fracture bone completely heal som swelling and stiffness when to start normal walk how long does stiffness finish?

Ankle fracture: Stiffness, soreness, & swelling can persist for several months after the bone has healed. Start with a low impact exercise & stretching program & increase activities as tolerated. ...Read more

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I broken my right foot 7 weeks ago during an accident. Doctor said it was fracture of 5th metatarsal bone. Why is the pain and swelling still hasn't gone down?

5th met fracture: Generally it takes 6-8 weeks for bones to show radio graphic healing (x-ray healing) but reality is that bones take longer to heal completely. If you didn't have surgery, usually 3-4 months of healing and recovery is needed, but because it's the 5th met, you may still need surgery (it's a difficult bone to heal, sorry). Best of luck! ...Read more

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My 84 yr old mom has extreme pain in upper arm with some swelling, X-ray says no bone fracture...Where do we go from here. It is interrupting sleep.?

My 84 yr old mom has extreme pain in upper arm with some swelling,  X-ray says no bone fracture...Where do we go from here. It is interrupting sleep.?

MRI: At the very least, she needs to be evaluated with a physical exam and an mri. Rotator cuff tears are common in her age group and can present like this. Also, an MRI can be used to look for other types of pathologies like tumors. ...Read more

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Had stress fracture in foot. Wore boot 1 mo. 4 mo. Later foot still swollen tho doc said bone healed. No pain just noticeable swelling not improving.?

Had stress fracture in foot. Wore boot  1 mo. 4 mo. Later foot still swollen tho doc said bone healed. No pain just noticeable swelling not improving.?

Stress Fractures: Can cause long term swelling. Repetitive trauma to an area that underwent a stress fracture will continue to have stress-induced swelling. If you are not wearing an orthotic in your shoe that helps to displace pressure and impact trauma away from the fracture site, then you will continue to have stress-type symptoms in that area, including post-injury swelling. ...Read more

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Injured foot 2 weeks ago, x-rays showed no fracture doctor said bone bruising. Swelling and pain still present with rest? Should i go back to doctors?

Injured foot 2 weeks ago, x-rays showed no fracture doctor said bone bruising. Swelling and pain still present with rest? Should i go back to doctors?

Ankle CT: ankel joint X-ray might miss a small fracture. CT scan is much better to detect fractures. Injury to ligaments can cause pain for few weeks. I would go check if pain is not improving. ...Read more

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What does a broken bone feel like?

What does a broken bone feel like?

Very painful but: It can be very painful or be very mild. It is worse if the bones are not left in their anatomical position. Those that still oppose each other end to end can be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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How should you place a broken bone?

How should you place a broken bone?

Depends: If it is a limb placing it above your heart usually helps keep the swelling and pain down. Which bone are you referring to? ...Read more

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How bad is the pain of a broken bone?

How bad is the pain of a broken bone?

Variable: Pain is relative to people and bone andand type ofworkouts fracture...So it depends...But they generally hurt. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a broken bone.?

See below: Pain, swelling and sometimes deformity are the usual common findings. ...Read more

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What does it feel like I have a broken bone?

Pain and history of: You have to have injury to break a bone and it is almost always painful
xrays will confirm it in most cases. ...Read more

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What should I expect when I have a broken bone?

What should I expect when I have a broken bone?

Depends: where?
Which bone?

Swelling, pain, distortion,
Improvement and healing over 6-8 weeks!! ...Read more

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What does chemo do to a broken bone?

Could make it heal: Chemotherapy , if it works well, can clear up the cancer cells enough that the bone could heal. If chemo does not work then of course the bone problem can only get worse. Sometimes application of local radiotherapy can help accomplish healing better than chemo can. So ask your doctor about this option. ...Read more

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Can epsom salts be used for a broken bone?

Can epsom salts be used for a broken bone?

Epsom Salts: Epsom salt is a magnesium salt that can help relax muscles. I don't see how it could help with a broken bone unless you have a lot of muscle pain/guarding around the broken bone. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of broken bone?

Depends: If the fracture does not involve the joint or a growth plate, and is heals in proper alignment, long term effects would be minimized. ...Read more

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How serious is a broken bone on a 82year old?

In this age every: Everything is serious, also it depend on the kind bone broken. In this age everything could tip the scale to the worse. Thank you. ...Read more

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Please explain how long does broken bone pain last?

It depends/varies: Most broken bones heal within 6 to 8 weeks. Accordingly the pain associated with fractures should go away slowly and be gone by 2-3 months. But if a bone is not properly allligned in order to heal normally, it may remain painful for a long period of time as the weight bearing will be difficult in a mal-aligned bone. ...Read more

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How long should you wait with a broken bone before surgery?

Depends: It depends on the fracture but in general the sooner they are repaired, the better. However, for some injuries with significant soft tissue problems and/or fracture blisters, surgery should to be delayed to allow the soft tissues to heal. The delay could be several days. ...Read more

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Which would hurt more a broken bone or a fractured growth plate?

Both painful: A growth plate injury is considered a specialized type of fracture. Both are painful though some growth plate injuries can demonstrate minimal symptoms. ...Read more

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How long should you wait before having surgery on a broken bone?

How long should you wait before having surgery on a broken bone?

broken bone: Not all broken bones need surgery. Those that do require surgery should be fixed as soon as the soft tissues allow. This varies depending on location. For example, some ankle injuries require a bit longer to allow swelling to resolve before the skin is safe for surgery. Other injuries should be fixed asap such as hip fractures or femur fractures. Talk with your ortho doc. ...Read more

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What would be prescribed to me while taking Suboxone if I have a broken bone?

What would be prescribed to me while taking Suboxone if I have a broken bone?

DIFFICULT: This is a tough one as you cannot be in treatment and take an opiate pain medication. Maybe Motrin or possibly Ultram. I would suggest that you definitely discuss with your doctors. ...Read more

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How do u know.If.U broke. A growth plate. Does it hurt just like a broken bone?

Growth plate: Yes a broken growth plate will have the same amount of pain as a broken bone. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more