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A 56-year-old female asked:

How soon can i walk on a broken non-displaced 5th metatarsal (could be jones fracture but not sure x-ray looks close to what pictures show for jones)?

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Dr. Li-Yu Mitchell
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Soon : Usually can wear special offloading shoe for 6-8 weeks and then wear normal footwear
Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Podiatry 24 years experience
6 weeks: it depends what part of your fifth metatarsal was broken and if it is displaced. Some areas and types of fractures take longer than others to heal, like a jones fracture. Make sure you follow your doctor's directions so it heals properly. Usually those fifth metatarsal fractures have to be immobilized in a boot. They take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal. And sometimes they have to be operated on.

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Last updated Sep 17, 2017

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