In many cases, the issue can be treated conservatively with rest and NSAID medications to reduce the pain. You might also keep your foot elevated as much as possible and use ice as directed by your medical provider. Your physician may order a cast be worn on the foot for 6 weeks. During this time, you will not be allowed to put any pressure on the affected foot, so you may have to use crutches or another type of walking aid. After 6 weeks, a walking cast or other orthotic device may be used. You might also be required to go to physical therapy to restore strength and range of motion following any immobilization.
If any bones are broken or there is severe damage to ligaments causing dislocation within the joint complex, surgery might be necessary. The affected bones might be realigned to their proper position and then fixed in place through the use of screws and plates. This hardware will typically be removed at a later date to allow for full movement of the foot. If the damage is severe, bones may be fused together. Either way, there will be a recovery period following the surgery that may include rehabilitation therapy. You will most likely wear a cast and avoid putting pressure on the foot for 6 to 8 weeks before moving forward with therapy.