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A broken foot, or foot fracture, is a break in one or more of the bones in your foot. It may happen because of a sports injury, a fall, or other accident. A compound, or open, fracture occurs when a bone breaks through the skin. A break that does not poke through the skin is a closed fracture. Your treatment depends on the location and type of break in your foot.
You may need a splint, a cast, or an orthopedic shoe. Certain kinds of injuries may need surgery at some time. Whatever your treatment, you can ease symptoms and help your foot heal with care at home. You may need 6 to 8 weeks or more to fully heal.
You heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don’t smoke.