Halle Berry missed Oscars because of a broken footHalle Berry was scheduled to attend and present at last Sunday's Academy Awards with Tom Hanks. She is a prior winner of an Oscar herself. She was reportedly prevented from attending, however, due to continued problems stemming from a broken foot in September. Berry broke her foot while on a break from filming Cloud Atlas in Mallorca, Spain.
Why did a 5 month old injury keep her away? Well, we can't discount that it may be covering for another reason not to attend. If her absence was due to the foot injury, then it is likely not healing as well as it should. Most patients that I see in my Houston podiatry practice recover from a fracture that does not require surgery in 6-8 weeks. These patients are immobilized in a cast or cast-boot for that time to allow the bone to completely heal.
There are times, however, when the bone does not heal properly. These situations, known as a non-union, will extend the healing time and associated discomfort. Initially, if a non-union is suspected, the foot specialist in Houston would prescribe a bone stimulator. This is a device that delivers an electric current to stimulate bone the formation of new bone cells. If a bone stimulator fails to heal the bone, then foot surgery is required.
Even though Halle Berry was treated properly and immediately, complications do occur and are rarely predictable. Waiting longer to evaluate and treat a foot or ankle fracture will increase the likelihood of complications. If you suspect that you have broken or injured your foot or ankle, do not hesitate to contact the Houston foot and ankle surgeons at the Foot & Ankle Institute of Texasfor an immediate appointment.
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Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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