Immobility of a bone for a long period can cause loss of muscle bulk, stiffness in nearby joints, and edema (accumulation of fluid in the tissues). It is important to begin to use the affected part as soon as is safely possible.
There may be physical therapy with special exercises to maintain flexibility of the joint and provide strength to the muscles.
Resume normal activities as soon as symptoms improve.
No special diet. Take vitamin-C and zinc supplements to promote bone healing.
Notify your physician if
You have symptoms of a bone fracture.
The following occur after immobilization or surgery:
Swelling above or below the fracture site.
Severe, persistent pain.
Blue or gray skin below fracture site, especially under nails, or numbness or loss of feeling below the fracture site. Report any of the above signs immediately!