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Foot Fracture in Children


A foot fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in your child's foot. Foot fractures are commonly caused by trauma, falls, or repeated stress injuries.

Foot Anatomy


Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that your child may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your child's medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done to your child. Make sure all of your questions are answered.

Emotional support:

Stay with your child for comfort and support as often as possible while he is in the hospital. Ask another family member or someone close to the family to stay with your child when you cannot be there. Bring items from home that will comfort your child, such as a favorite blanket or toy.


  • Pain medicine: Your child may need medicine to take away or decrease pain. Know how often your child should get the medicine and how much. Watch for signs of pain in your child. Tell healthcare providers if his pain continues or gets worse. To prevent falls, stay with your child to help him get out of bed.
  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to help prevent or treat an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Tetanus shot: This is a shot of medicine to prevent your child from getting tetanus. He may need this if he has breaks in his skin from the injury. He should have a tetanus shot if he has not had one in the past 5 to 10 years.


  • X-ray: Healthcare providers use these pictures of your child's foot to check for broken bones.
  • CT scan: This test is also called a CAT scan. An x-ray machine uses a computer to take pictures of your child's foot. The pictures may show broken bones or other foot injuries. Your child may be given dye before the pictures are taken to help healthcare providers see the pictures better. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye.
  • MRI: This scan uses powerful magnets and a computer to take pictures of your child's foot. An MRI may show a fracture or other foot injuries. Your child may be given dye to help the pictures show up better. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has ever had an allergic reaction to contrast dye. Do not let your child enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if your child has any metal in or on his body.
  • Bone scan: Your child will be given a small, safe amount of radioactive dye in an IV. Pictures are then taken of his foot bones to look for fractures.


  • Cast or splint: Your child may need a cast or splint on his foot and lower leg. This will keep his foot from moving and help his foot heal.
  • Surgery: Healthcare providers use wires or screws to return bones to their normal positions.


Surgery or an open wound may cause your child to get an infection. He may also bleed more than expected. Your child's foot may not heal without treatment. His foot may be deformed if the fracture heals on its own. He may not be able to move his foot as well as he did before.


You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child.

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