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How can I treat a 5th metatarsal sprain?

How can I treat a 5th metatarsal sprain?

If you sprained: Your foot and your fifth metatarsal hurts one would want to make sure there is o fracture to this bone. Avulsion fractures of the base of the fifth metatarsal are common after sprains. There are also a few ligamentous and tendon attachments to the bone that could cause issues like tendonitis etc. If pain present, a surgical shoe or cam walker boot can help rest the foot. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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The dr thought i broke my 5 th metatarsal but the x rays only showed a sprain. But it feels like it's broken. Can i get a 2 nd opinion and new xrays?

Yes: You may want to wait a week or so after the initial injury to get a second set of x-rays. Sometimes small, nondisplaced fractures can be missed on initial x-rays. They can often be seen a week or two later, if present. ...Read more

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I have a sprained left foot, in the area of the third metatarsal. I want to know what I can do and how long should I wait to exercise.

I have a sprained left foot, in the area of the third metatarsal. I want to know what I can do and how long should I wait to exercise.

Rest, ice, compress: The standard treatment for a sprain is to rest from aggravating activity, ice, compress,and elevate to reduce swelling. You should use crutches and keep weight off of it until bearing weight is no longer painful. Ice at least twice/day for 15-20 minutes to help decrease pain & swelling. Compress with a wrap, etc. Elevate it above the level of your heart (i.e. lay flat w/foot up). NSAIDs for pain. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a metatarsal sprain bunion caused by injury and hallux rigidus to heal?

How long can it take for a metatarsal sprain bunion caused by injury and hallux rigidus to heal?

Sprains: Since sprains are injury to ligaments and ligaments do not have direct arterial blood blow, they do heal rather slowly. Going for pt and immobilizing the foot is appropriate. Expect 6 or more weeks of care. ...Read more

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I have been to the GP and have sprain where my metatarsal joins my foot.I go on holiday tomorrow so need to walk around.should I get crutches?

I have been to the GP and have sprain where my metatarsal joins my foot.I go on holiday tomorrow so need to walk around.should I get crutches?

If just a sprain.: I am not sure of the sprained area as described. It sounds as though the sprain may involve either the metatarsal phalangeal or the metatarsal tarsal areas. Either way, if you feel you might need some relief from weight-bearing, crutches just may be the ticket. Depending on the severity of the sprain, a cam walking boot may also be appropriate. The best advice is to not over do it. ...Read more

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I stepped off a curb and rolled my ankle 5 days ago. Small amount of swelling and pain when walking in the 5th metatarsal area. Sprain or break????

I stepped off a curb and rolled my ankle 5 days ago. Small amount of swelling and pain when walking in the 5th metatarsal area. Sprain or break????

Ankle swelling: I would obtain an x ray in case there is a fracture in the ankle or fifth metatarsal area. Please follow up with your physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Ankle baseball size, blue/purple. went to er said it was a sprain i think it's more serious. metatarsals are swollen. still can't walk. should i do?

Ankle baseball size, blue/purple. went to er said it was a sprain i think it's more serious. metatarsals are swollen. still can't walk. should i do?

Get follow-up care: Depending on how significant your ankle sprain is you can have persisted pain and difficulty walking. Not knowing how long ago your injury was its difficult to say if your symptoms are reasonable or concerning. Either way I would seek follow-up care from an Orthopedist or Sports Medicine physician. ...Read more

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Fracture of metatarsal base in foot & sprain on 12/16/2012. Put in hard cast until 1/30/2013. Still have bruise on top of foot. Normal?

Fracture of metatarsal base in foot & sprain on 12/16/2012. Put in hard cast until 1/30/2013. Still have bruise on top of foot. Normal?

Yes: Bruising or hematoma from the injury fracture can take several weeks to months to resolve as deep injuries may time to resolve. You may have some residual swelling from the fracture healing with localized discoloration for several months. ...Read more

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I broke my 4th metatarsal 5 years ago, but never got it fixed. What are my treatment options?

Treatment options: Include doing nothing. Does it hurt? Sometimes the bone heals correctly on its own. If you have pain you can see the foot doctor and they can take x-rays. At this point in time if you need it corrected the only way is likely surgical correction. ...Read more

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I think I broke 5th, maybe 4th metatarsal. Seeing ortho on Fri. Could not walk on it this am. What to do to improve prognosis until I can see doc?

I think I broke 5th, maybe 4th metatarsal. Seeing ortho on Fri. Could not walk on it this am. What to do to improve prognosis until I can see doc?

Lots of Rice.: The treatment is called RICE. REST, ICE pack or cold pack applied, COMPRESSION(as much as tolerated),and ELEVATION (higher than the heart). To reduce the pressure on the injury, you may want to try using crutches. if pain is a problem, try Tylenol (acetaminophen) or an nsaid such as Motrin. ...Read more

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Was getting these flashes of pain in my 5th metatarsal for a wk. now I have a constant pain in 4th meta. No injury, swelling but tender.What is this?

Was getting these flashes of pain in my 5th metatarsal for a wk. now I have a constant pain in 4th meta. No injury, swelling but tender.What is this?

R I C E rest, Ice...: What has changed that you can attribute to the onset of this pain in your foot? Increased activity? Trauma? New shoes? Was the onset traumatic? You might need a X.ray to identify a fracture. Limit activity to tollerance ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more