You have fractured (broken) a bone on the outer part of your foot.
The fracture has occurred in a part of the bone which normally heals well without problems.
The pain, tenderness and swelling you are experiencing in the foot should gradually settle over a period of several weeks.
During this time, you may ﬁnd walking on the foot painful – it may help to walk on the heel initially.
You will be provided with a support for the foot in the form of bandaging or a removable boot. If required, you will also be provided with crutches.
You may walk on the foot as much as pain allows. If you have been given a boot, please just stop using this and throw it away once you are comfortable in normal shoes. Most patients ﬁnd that they can come out of the boot and into normal shoes after about a month from injury.
Most of these breaks heal well without any problems and don’t require a plaster cast or operation. It may take a few months for everything to settle down completely.
Rarely the fracture may not heal and it may continue to be painful for months after the injury. If this is the case please call the helpline below and we will arrange for you to be seen by one of our doctors in clinic.
Should you have any worries or concerns following discharge from hospital, please contact the Trauma clinic helpline: 07970 199841. Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.