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My 16 year old broke his foot playing football and the dr can't get him in for 5 days. Will this cause a problem with the reconstruction of the bone? Or should we get him in sooner for correct healing

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Variable

Most fractures need initial stabilization and a waiting period for the initial swelling to go down before the orthopedist will cast the injury.
Unless there is an open fracture (exposed bone) that needs immediate surgery, a delay is routine. If you took him to your pcp, urgent care, or the er and had initial stabilization and pain management, you are likely fine to wait.Call your pcp for other que.

In brief: Variable

Most fractures need initial stabilization and a waiting period for the initial swelling to go down before the orthopedist will cast the injury.
Unless there is an open fracture (exposed bone) that needs immediate surgery, a delay is routine. If you took him to your pcp, urgent care, or the er and had initial stabilization and pain management, you are likely fine to wait.Call your pcp for other que.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Get seen

Please take junior to someone who can see him. A fracture needs to be seen without delay.

In brief: Get seen

Please take junior to someone who can see him. A fracture needs to be seen without delay.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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