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Question: I fractured the base of my 2nd metatarsal in my foot about 7 weeks ago. My Dr. has me in a walking boot but I still mostly walk with my crutches. My question is, my foot is still extremely swollen. Is this normal and if so why? My doctor said it may take up to 12 weeks. Is this correct? I have broken bones before and never had them take so long to heal. I still cannot put very much pressure on my foot. Is this normal or should I seek a second opinion? Any answers would be appreciated. Linda

Answer: Dear Linda,

Foot fractures usually heal well and can take between 3 and 8 weeks (average). Swelling is common at the beginning and should go down as the fracture heals. Check-ups with the doctor are important so he can make sure the foot is healing properly.

To reduce swelling, it is important to keep the foot on pillows while lying down and on a chair or footstool when sitting. Keep the foot above the level of the heart, if possible. If swelling is worst than before, contact your doctor.

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