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How Long It Takes a Broken Foot to Heal

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The Austin Independent School District is diligently preparing for the upcoming school year and we know that many of you parents are as well. Teachers are working on lesson plans, bus drivers are learning routes, and kids are actively studying hard to get a jump on the school year. Okay, maybe kids are still enjoying what is left of summer, but adults are certainly planning for when classes are in session. Making preparations and planning are important actions in many contexts, but especially when you consider how long it takes a broken foot to heal.

 

Understanding the timing of recovery from a broken foot is instrumental in knowing what activities you will be capable of doing and at what times. This information is essential for planning things, like back-to-school shopping or creating transportation plans for the kids. It will help you know when you may need help to get things done.

 

All broken bones follow the same basic healing process:

  • Inflammation – Bleeding in the area of the fracture leads to inflammation and clotting. This is essential for providing the initial framework and structural stability for producing new bone.
  • Bone production – Clotted blood is replaced by cartilage and fibrous tissue (“soft cartilage”). As the healing process continues, soft cartilage is replaced with new, hard bone.
  • Bone remodeling – In this stage, the bone becomes compact and continues to develop into its original shape. Circulation improves in time and weight-bearing actually encourages bone remodeling.

 

This process is fairly complex and the success and speed often differ among individuals. There are various factors that play a role, but a good rule of thumb is that bone tissue takes about 6 to 8 weeks before it has healed to a significant degree.

 

When you have sustained a fracture, our leading foot specialists can estimate how long it will take for your broken foot to heal based on the severity. We will be there with you throughout the recovery process and look forward to seeing you soon be able to take steps without pain again. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today at (512) 328-8900 or take advantage of our online form to schedule your appointment with our Austin, TX office today.
Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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