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Foot fracture recovery

Foot fracture recovery

Our feet have two main functions, to support us and to propel us.  They are made up of several different bones including toes and metatarsal bones, which are the long bones along the middle of the foot. There are five of these and like all foot bones they are easily broken, because they are prone to kicking things or having items dropped on them.

Metatarsal breaks

Metatarsal breaks often happen in sports, people, particularly footballers where they can kick the bottom of an opponents boot or be kicked by opponents themselves.

Foot fracture recovery

All types of foot fractures are painful, whether it be a hairline stress fracture or a clean break to a bone. For foot fracture recovery one of the most important things is rest.  The feet are weight bearing and should have the weight taken off them to give the best chance of a full foot fracture recovery.


This depends on the type of foot fracture you have, but could include:

  • Plaster cast
  • Protective boot
  • Strapping toes together (called buddy taping)
  • Inserting pins, screws or plates
  • Ice packs (never put the ice directly on the skin, always wrap in something like a tea towel first)
  • Crutches

The length of time for a foot fracture recovery

The bones normally take 6 to 8 weeks to heal, providing you look after the injury properly.  Age can be a factor in the healing process because a Childs bone will heal quicker than that of an elderly person, but is more likely to break in the first place.

If the foot injury was caused in an accident you may be entitled to compensation

If the foot was injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim and you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss this.  We are open 24 hours, 7 days a week and if you phone our freephone number on 0800 689 5659 and speak to one of our friendly advisors, they will assist you in starting your claim.  Or alternatively, you can complete our 30-second test™ online for some guidance about qualifying criteria, also gaining a rough idea about how much you may receive.