How Bones Heal
Broken bones, no matter what bone it is, whether an ankle fracture or foot fracture, or whether it was broken by trauma or by a surgical cut, all bones go through the same healing process. It may interest you to know what that process entails.
The bone healing process has three stages, which overlap. The stages are inflammation, bone production, and bone remodeling.
The inflammation begins immediately after the bone is fractured. It lasts for several days. When the bone is fractured, there is bleeding, which leads to the inflammation and to blood clotting in the area of the fracture. This clotting provides the initial framework and structure for new bone.
The bone production begins when clotting is replaced with fibrous tissue and cartilage. This is known as “soft callus.” As time progresses, the soft callus is replaced with hard bone, which is also known as “hard callus.” This new bone should be visible on x-rays several weeks after the fracture.
The final stage of bone healing is bone remodeling. It goes on for several months. In this last phase, bone continues to form and becomes compact. Eventually, it returns to its original shape and blood circulation in the area improves.
It is a complex process that differs in speed and success for different people. The time required for healing can be affected by many factors.
If you believe you have a fracture, you should see a doctor as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment. It is very important that fracture be treated appropriately.
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