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What are radiographic signs of healing on a 5th metatarsal fx?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Bone formation: Usually callus or new bone formation around fracture site occurs. The fracture line become less distinct. Beginning bone reaction (periosteal) in adult usually takes about 10 days. The bone eventually solidifies and remodels around the fracture. Complete healing can take several weeks, sometimes months.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Bone: Callous or extra bone at fracture site is one sign. Another is not distict line visible where fracture was.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 42 years experience
Bone callus: You might see what's called bone callus around the fracture site. This is good and bad. It's good because it's the body's way to form a splint around the bone and help it heal. It's bad because it means the fracture is moving; too much movement can delay/stop healing. Fracture lines on x-ray can last for months/years. Usually, we go more by how you feel; no pain or swelling-it's probably healed .

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