When the unexpected happens, it's important to see an orthopaedic surgeon immediately. Usually, you'll know when you have a broken bone. You may hear a snap or cracking sound, the area will be tender, swollen and possibly bruised or the bone could even be visible.
There are two types of fractures, closed (simple) fractures and open (compound) fractures.
Treating Closed and Open Fractures
Closed fractures include any fracture where the bone does not puncture through the skin. Open fractures occur when the bone or possibly a bone fragment breaks through the skin. Both can be severe and you should seek medical attention immediately.
Fractures can take several weeks to several months to heal depending on the severity of the injury.
The good news is the pain usually subsides long before the fracture is fully healed.
Once your cast or brace is removed, you will still need to limit your activity while the bone continues to strengthen. You will need a period of rehabilitation that involves exercises and gradually increasing activity before the healing process is complete.