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Two days ago slammed foot into a fence. x-ray showed 5th metatarsal fracture. was given a surgical shoe. should i be using crutches as well or is i...

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Dr. Philip Miller
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Wa is lking shoe : your best bet: we don't usually use crutches for a fracture of the small toe.
Dr. jeffrey Trantalis, dpm
Podiatry 42 years experience
Metatarsal fracture : I believe the pt stated the fracture was in the 5th metatarsal bone. I would be more aggressive and use a B-K (below knee) cast with a cast boot and allowed to ambulate. Prevents fracture displacement. If a true Jones fracture (proximal fracture) then non weight bearing with crutches
Dr. Merrick Wetzler
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
I use a boot or shoe: I use a boot or post op shoe for non displaced shaft, base or neck fractures. Then can be weight bearing as tolerated with crutches. For displaced fx usually require open reduction and internal fixation. For Jones fx which is about 1” from the base I agree with non weight bearing or open reduction internal fixation for athletes and very active people
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Depends: Depends on fracture. I would assume that if you were given a shoe that should be fine.

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