Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

It's important to give the bone time to heal. This may take several months or even longer. In the meantime:

  • Rest. Stay off the affected limb as directed by your doctor until you are cleared to bear normal weight.
  • Ice. To reduce swelling and relieve pain, your doctor may recommend applying ice packs to the injured area as needed — up to three or four times a day for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Resume activity slowly. When your doctor gives the OK, slowly progress from nonweight-bearing activities — such as swimming — to your usual activities. High-impact activities, such as running, should be resumed on a gradual basis with careful progression of time and distance.
Jan. 24, 2014