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A 22-year-old female asked:

I had 4 metatarsals fractured, i wore a cast 4 weeks. now its removed and the doctor told its healed. is it normal i have pain, so cant walk properly?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nadeem Shaikh
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes : it is normal to hurt for upto 12 wks
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Not So Fast: Four fractured metatarsals may need more time to be titled healed. Of course, not knowing the severity of the fractures, certainly makes the idea of more time debatable. I would think a couple more weeks in a removable cast walker would ease the transition wearing a cast to regular ambulation. You might call the physician and inquire about the possibility of using one.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
"Yes": In general, it probably would take a minimum of 8-12 weeks for an injury to heal that was associated with the fracture of four metatarsals. It is not the fractures alone that must heal, but also the soft tissue component of the injury as well. If you are in a lot of pain after cast was removed, you may need to go back in to some form of immobilization.

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Last updated Jul 24, 2015

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