Broken Foot - Complications

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What are the complications of a broken foot?

As with any injury, complications may occur.

  • Broken bones may fail to heal, causing a non-union that may require surgery to repair.
  • If the fracture line enters a joint surface, arthritis may develop, even if the joint surface has been aligned by surgery.
  • Open fractures may be complicated by infection and damage to underlying structures like tendons, arteries, and nerves.
  • Though it is uncommon, crush injuries to the foot may cause significant swelling in the tight spaces of the foot, leading to compartment syndrome. Should the pressure in one of these compartments rise above the patient's blood pressure, blood flow to the rest of the foot may be compromised. This is a surgical emergency and fasciotomies, incisions into the foot compartment, are performed to allow space for the swelling to occur, relieve the pressure, and restore blood supply to the foot.
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Comment from: Sweetiebug, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

It's been a year and a half since I cracked my foot and had to wear a boot for more than six months. Now my whole leg has areas that are hot and very painful. I'm not sure how to relieve the pain.

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