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23 Jan 2006

broken bones in foot
Hi. My husband had an accident with his quad bike. He broke a hole lot of bones in his foot. He was in plaster for about 12 weeks. The swelling etc did stil not want to go down. SO he starded going to a phisio for about a month. Now he has gone back to the docter (he had a chek at 12weeks doc happ, said come back in a month) and he said that one of the bones has died. Looks like their was no circulation coming through. Now hubby must go on like this and when the pain gets to bad he must come back and they can join the bones to make it one long one (the bones are on top of the foot, left foot). Is this possible for a bone to just die? What can one do? Just stick it out and have the op later? Doc said phiso wont help at all. Hope this all makes sence to you. Thank you so much
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Foot expert

01 Jan 0001

Yes it is possible for a bone to die. Imagine this analogy, a hose pipe fills a tank from the left to the right (not top to bottom) but there is a problem and the hose gets cut the tank cant fill up
Now some bones in the foot have their blood supply enter from the back, when there is a fracture ahead of the point where the blood enters, the fracture cuts off the blood supply to the bone in front of the fracture line and that front part of the bone dies (called an avascular necrosis)
Sadly the only treatment is surgical, and if you should go discuss with your Dr if there is anything else that can be done, or request a second third opinion. Try get to an Orthopod who is a foot and ankle surgeon
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