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Healing time for displaced spiral fracture of 4th & 5th metatarsal?

Healing time for displaced spiral fracture of 4th & 5th metatarsal?

Fracture: If displaced might need surgical repair. Will take about 6 weeks to heal before you can apply any weight followed by rehab for 4-6 weeks. ...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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Fracture of 5th metatarsal, what to do?

Need more info...: It depends where the fracture is on the fifth metatarsal and if it is displaced or not. Need more information or an x-Ray. ...Read more

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Healing period for compound fracture of radius and ulna right arm cast one week ago?

Healing period for compound fracture of radius and ulna right arm cast one week ago?

Depends but: Typically most fracture heal in about 3 months but may continue remodelling for up to a year. After three months most fractures are healed to the point where there are no restrictions. That is also true for compound fractures but it depends on their severity. ...Read more

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Metacarpal spiral fracture -- cast or splint?

Either one ma y be: Used. If the fracture is felt to be potentially unstable a cast may be more likley selected if it is felt that the full time presence of that cast vs. The tendency to remove a splint make a difference . The issue with spiral fractures is to check rotation by genty making a fist to make sure the finger is not rotated and needing of a reduction or surgery ( internal fixation ). ...Read more

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What can result from a displaced 5th metatarsal fracture and crushed cuboid bone injury?

Many problems: The fact that 3 muscles attach to the fifth metatarsal ( the peroneals) and that the fracture is displaced can cause an imbalance in these muscles and a non-healing fracture of that metatarsal. The peroneus longus passes under the cuboid- this muscle stabilizes the inner foot in gait and this crush fracture can cause problems with walking-- you should see your podiatrist for reconstruction. ...Read more

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Hows a 3rd metacarpal fracture fixed?

Hows a 3rd metacarpal fracture fixed?

See Hand surgeon: Hand fracture assessment and management is best done by a hand surgeon as s/he will be able to give you all the options and choose the best option for you. In general an isolated 3rd metacarpal fracture tends to displace the least and is the easiest to manage with a splint or cast as the adjacent intact bones support it. Other options include kwires, screws, plates etc. ...Read more

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18 days since cast/brace removed for 1st metacarpal fracture thumb. 4 therapy sessions later wrist is still immobile & thumb still swollen won't bend.

18 days since cast/brace removed for 1st metacarpal fracture thumb. 4 therapy sessions later wrist is still immobile & thumb still swollen won't bend.

More time: hand injuries can be very difficult to recover from, the older you get the worse it is. Even if you had no injury, and you put a cast or splint on for just one day, you would be stiff the next day. Now throw in 4-6 weeks of casting/splinting, a healing injury, swelling, pain etc. It can take 3-6 months of therapy to regain function and range of motion. Keep at it!!! ...Read more

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5 month old missed talus neck fracture. Undisplaced , no avn after 10 week post injury. Currently on cast immobilization. What is the best treatment?

5 month old missed talus neck fracture. Undisplaced , no avn after 10 week post injury. Currently on cast immobilization.  What is the best treatment?

CT scan: Sounds like treatment is appropriate if no displacement. Ct scan can evaluate healing process. A bone stimulator may also help with healing. If no x-ray evidence of healing at 3 -6 months than surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Nondisplaced radial head fracture treatment, what to do?

Nondisplaced radial head fracture treatment, what to do?

Rest: can use splint or sling for 2-3 weeks , then range of motion. as long as it remains non displaced ...Read more

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Incomplete fx of the proximal phalanx of the right great toe w/ a 3mm chip type fx Also slight deviation of 1st metatarsophalangeal joint. Heal time?

Incomplete fx of the proximal phalanx of the right great toe w/ a 3mm chip type fx Also slight deviation of 1st metatarsophalangeal joint. Heal time?

4 to 8 weeks: This can take 4 to 8 weeks depending on whether you use crutches and remain non weight bearing and/or wear an air boot cast too. The deviation of the joint is a concern and may need prolonged splinting to prevent long term joint damage . ...Read more

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Avulsion fracture 5th metatarsal displaced 2 mm.On crutches.After 6.5 weeks, tried only 1 crutch for first time but it hurt.How much pain is normal?

It depends: It depends on your healing ability, the degree of the fracture, your compliance to the treatment by not bearing weight on the foot etc. Consider follow up with the specialist to be safe. ...Read more

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Is it reasonable to leave fractured 5th metacarpals at joint with phalanges untreated. Happened 15 Nov. Doc failed nonsurgical procedure with splint.

Is it reasonable to leave fractured 5th metacarpals at joint with phalanges untreated. Happened 15 Nov. Doc failed  nonsurgical procedure with splint.

Probably okay: Sure, if the finger isn't terribly out of place or angulated. Google images for angulated finger, compare it to the other hand, if not severe then you might be okay. ...Read more

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Is cast appropriate treatment for bone bruise of the metacarpals ?

Is cast appropriate treatment for bone bruise of the metacarpals ?

Depends: A bone bruise, as opposed to a bone fracture, does not need to be put in a cast in the sense of protection from displacement. But a cast can be useful to control swelling, potentially help with pain, and may make the hand more functional while you are recovering. I certainly would discuss with your doctor the different options for immobilization that are available. ...Read more

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31 yr-old with right wrist fracture via injury Oct. 2015. ORIF & median nerve decompressed. January xray: collapse of distal radial reduction.....?

31 yr-old with right wrist fracture via injury Oct. 2015. ORIF & median nerve decompressed. January xray: collapse of distal radial reduction.....?

Unfortunate: If the reduction has been lost, unfortunately you are probably going to need further surgery to get the fracture back in anatomical alignment. The danger in not doing this will be to develop post traumatic arthritis and a poor outcome. You might want to consider a second opinion from a hand specialist before proceeding with a second surgery if it can be obtained quickly. ...Read more

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A 4th Metacarpal neck fracture, With a Knot in palm. How do I correct Mild Apex Dorsal Angulation after the bone has healed? Options? Costs?

A 4th Metacarpal neck fracture, With a Knot in palm. How do I correct Mild Apex Dorsal Angulation after the bone has healed?  Options? Costs?

1's is it interferes: with function of the hand or a constant pain generator, the only way is to do an osteotomy (cut the bone) an reposition it. The cost varies, who does it & where. All U have 2 do is call the institution and ask for a price. Including hospital charge anesthesia charge as well as surgeons charge & Radiology charges. This will give U a ballpark idea. It can B more or less depending on the hardware usd ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cuboid avulsion fracture ?

Depends on fracture: A small avulsion fracture of the cuboid may require no treatment other than crutches and pain control. Others may require non weight bearing for a prolonged period of time and/or surgery. It would be best to discuss this with your Orthopaedic surgeon. ...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