The most important aspect of healing a fracture or broken bones is allowing it to set well; this can only be achieved with the proper care at the proper time. Unlike other injuries, bone injuries require extra care and effort so here is a list of all the things you should do to ensure it heals properly.
Keeping it Immobile
A fracture must not move even a millimetre if it is to heal along the correct lines. That is why doctors insist on encasing even the smallest hairline crack with a plaster of paris cast. That way, your limb stays immobile and the fracture can heal without harm. To aid this, you need to sleep in adjustable beds with good latex mattress as a normal bed will place too much effort and stress on your joints and muscles as you get in and out of bed.
Adjustable beds are designed to help patients reach the floor without undue effort so use one while your bones heal.
Getting the Proper Nutrition
There is no scientific evidence to prove this exactly, but doctors still prescribe calcium pills to patients with cracks and fractures as calcium helps build bones in children and help combat degenerative bone diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis. Instead of taking pills, you can ask the doctor whether you can supplement your calcium intake with extra sources of calcium. So if you have one glass of milk a day, make it two. Eat plenty of fish, especially small fish like sardines and sprats. A calcium rich diet can help your bones heal better if not faster.
Avoiding Any External Pressure
As mentioned above, the affected area must remain absolutely still for the break to heal properly. This involves leaving the area clear of anything that can cause pressure inside. So any rashes, wounds or sudden jerks and movements must be strictly avoided. If you have sensitive skin that reacts quickly, warn the doctor before he puts on the cast; he may be able to negate the allergy by using soothing ointment before moulding the cast. If your fracture is accompanied by a wound, ask the doctor whether you need antibiotics to heal it first; any extensive cleaning required might readjust your healing leg, bringing everything back to square one.
Don’t Get it Wet
Doctors constantly advise patients to not get the affected area wet during showers and baths as water can have adverse effects on the healing process. If there is even a small scratch on the surface, it opens up the area to the risk of infection through water. If the water is too cold, it may freeze the blood inside while too hot water will burn the affected area. Either way, caution must be exercised when yourself. The easiest way to keep you limb waterproof is to wrap it up first in cloth, then in polythene or a plastic bag to keep out the water. If any get in, gently sponge it off but do not towel or wipe it off.