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Can a fractured foot heal without a cast?

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In brief: Yes

It can heal but more than likely it will heal with extra bone formation.
You might then have a bump in the area which may be problematic. Of course there is a good possibility of a painful nonunion where you would need a surgical procedure.

In brief: Yes

It can heal but more than likely it will heal with extra bone formation.
You might then have a bump in the area which may be problematic. Of course there is a good possibility of a painful nonunion where you would need a surgical procedure.
Dr. Leslie Aufseeser
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Dr. Adam Ringler
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Foot Cast

Yes, but that depends on the location and type of fracture.
Some fractures will only need a special hard bottom shoe or sometimes nothing at all. Only a physician can tell you how to best treat your condition.

In brief: Foot Cast

Yes, but that depends on the location and type of fracture.
Some fractures will only need a special hard bottom shoe or sometimes nothing at all. Only a physician can tell you how to best treat your condition.
Dr. Adam Ringler
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Dr. Joseph Newman
The right treatment is very important, and different bones in the foot can require different treatments. See a podiatrist or orthopedist- if a fracture does not heal properly, it can cause arthritis, deformity, or not heal at all.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A cast is used to limit motion between the bone fragments.
Depending on the site of injury you may not need a cast. For fractured toes you may only need a buddy splint with a rigid surgical shoe. Some fractures can be immobilized with a rigid walking boot. Have it evaluated by your doctor and see what type of immobilization is best for you.

In brief: Yes

A cast is used to limit motion between the bone fragments.
Depending on the site of injury you may not need a cast. For fractured toes you may only need a buddy splint with a rigid surgical shoe. Some fractures can be immobilized with a rigid walking boot. Have it evaluated by your doctor and see what type of immobilization is best for you.
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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry

In brief: Yes

Fractures can vary by location, severity and type.
Fractures tend to need stability and good nutrients with the absence of infection to heal. If it's a minor avulsion fracture, most heal in sturdy shoes or walking boot and do not need more adjunctive casting or surgery. I hope this helps, if so, please vote or follow me. Thanks and good luck!

In brief: Yes

Fractures can vary by location, severity and type.
Fractures tend to need stability and good nutrients with the absence of infection to heal. If it's a minor avulsion fracture, most heal in sturdy shoes or walking boot and do not need more adjunctive casting or surgery. I hope this helps, if so, please vote or follow me. Thanks and good luck!
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