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A 28-year-old male asked:

i saw my ortho doc and he said i have a fractured 5th metatarsal. he gave me a walking boot and said come back in 3 weeks. is this normal procedure?

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Dr. Doug Mason
Podiatry 33 years experience
Depends: It really depends on where it is broken. If it is broken and non displaced other than the base of the bone...it is normal. He will take further x-rays to check its progress. My advise to you is stay in that boot, let your foot be your guide and let it heel.
Dr. Daniel Owens
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Yes this is routine. Typically these heal without surgery. A walking boot for a few weeks is appropriate care.

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Last updated May 9, 2014

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