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Does a non displaced fracture at the base of big toe cause your foot, ankle and toes to swell 4 weeks after it happened?

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In brief: Fracture Swelling

Normal fracture healing will last six to eight weeks.
Non-displaced fractures still require immobilization during the healing process to prevent them from becoming displaced fractures... Swelling and discomfort is a normal, functional, protective response to any fracture. You should follow closely with your podiatrist to insure proper healing. Serial xrays will objectify the fracture progression.

In brief: Fracture Swelling

Normal fracture healing will last six to eight weeks.
Non-displaced fractures still require immobilization during the healing process to prevent them from becoming displaced fractures... Swelling and discomfort is a normal, functional, protective response to any fracture. You should follow closely with your podiatrist to insure proper healing. Serial xrays will objectify the fracture progression.
Dr. Christopher Hendrix
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
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In brief: Possibly

Sometimes when people develop a fracture they tend to walk on different parts of their foot to protect the region or out of fear of re-injuring it.
This new way of walking can overuse other ligaments and muscles and can possibly cause swelling in other distant parts of the foot.

In brief: Possibly

Sometimes when people develop a fracture they tend to walk on different parts of their foot to protect the region or out of fear of re-injuring it.
This new way of walking can overuse other ligaments and muscles and can possibly cause swelling in other distant parts of the foot.
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
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In brief: Can happen

With any fracture, you can have swelling and soreness for several months.
This depends on the fracture type, location, treatment and patient compliance. As long as it is improving, it should continue to improve. Complications can occur with any fracture. Discuss any concern with your foot octor. Dr l.

In brief: Can happen

With any fracture, you can have swelling and soreness for several months.
This depends on the fracture type, location, treatment and patient compliance. As long as it is improving, it should continue to improve. Complications can occur with any fracture. Discuss any concern with your foot octor. Dr l.
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

If the area has not been imobilized then the motion of the fracture site can cause pain and swelling.

In brief: Maybe

If the area has not been imobilized then the motion of the fracture site can cause pain and swelling.
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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not usually

If you have done conservative care - eg limited wt bearing, splint, rest, etc then it shoud be well on its way to being healed.
Swelling might be related to new trauma, eg reinjuring it, etc.

In brief: Not usually

If you have done conservative care - eg limited wt bearing, splint, rest, etc then it shoud be well on its way to being healed.
Swelling might be related to new trauma, eg reinjuring it, etc.
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