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What does a 5th metatarsal bone fracture feel like?

What does a 5th metatarsal bone fracture feel like?

Fracture: You would have pain, swelling and discomfort about two to three inches from the tip of your little toe. The treatment is to tape your little toe to the 4th toe for 4weeks and this should help it to heal ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Its been four weeks I have been in a cast, I have 5th metatarsal bone fracture. I want to remove it before time there is a temporary solution.?

Its been four weeks I have been in a cast, I have 5th metatarsal bone fracture. I want to remove it before time there is a temporary solution.?

No: 5th metatarsal fractures generally take 6-8 wks to heal. Follow your physicians advice. There really are no shortcuts in fracture healing; additionally some 5th metatarsal fractures ("jones fx.") have a propensity for non- union (fracture does not heal)... Not sure if you have the more common 'base' of 5th mt fx. But follow your md's advice. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have 5th metatarsal bone fracture of base of metatarsal. I have cast on for four weeks and suddenly some in my feet. Can someone tell me. Why pain?

I have 5th metatarsal bone fracture of base of metatarsal. I have cast on for four weeks and suddenly some in my feet. Can someone tell me. Why pain?

I have 5th metatarsa: Are you saying you have pain in the foot after 4 weeks of casting? Please call your doctor, have the cast removed and have the doctor examine your foot and re-take x-rays. To see how the fracture is healing. Hopefully you are not putting any pressure on this foot for this fracture to heal well. ...Read more

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Fractured 5th metatarsal bone. When can I start skateboarding again?

Fractured 5th metatarsal bone. When can I start skateboarding again?

It depend: Some fracture metatarsal need surgery and some need cast for a while, ask your doctor were are you between those. ...Read more

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How to self examine a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone at home?

How to self examine a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone at home?

That is: Difficult, because non-fracture stress injuries in the same region can have similar signs/symptoms. If you know for sure that you have a fracture, only xrays can demonstrate the healing response. Of course, if your symptoms have resolved, it is healed. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

What is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

Varies: Protected walking in a CAM boot or no weightbearing at all depending on the location of the injury within the bone. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone?

What is the treatment for a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone?

Stress fracture: Hard sole shoe or walking boot. May need period of rest, nonweightbearing, & crutches. ...Read more

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What are some of the treatments for metatarsal bone fractures?

Cast or boot & rest: Most mildly displaced to nondisplaced traumatic or stress fractures of the metatarsals heal well without the need for surgery. There are a few exceptions, including a specific fracture of the 5th metatarsal called a jones fracture. A boot walker or a cast are often used for treatment, and typical healing occurs in approximately 6 weeks. Crutches may also be used with the cast or boot. ...Read more

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I had a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone (the base) 50 days ago, I put a cast for 45 days, I still have pain and my ex ray isn't good?

Hard Q: 5th metatarsal bone fracture can be very simple, or a very complicated fracture... Without seeing the xray it is hard to answer your question. In general we think that fracture healing time should take about 6 weeks. If you are not significantly improved by that time, something is not quite right... Talk to your doctor about the options and/or seek a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Fractured 5th metatarsal bone. How long until I can start skateboarding again?

Fractured 5th metatarsal bone. How long until I can start skateboarding again?

It depends: On where the fracture is, how extensive it is, and how it is treated. It might take you 6-8 weeks before you can start riding again. Ask your treating doctor what is recommended for you. ...Read more

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How long does it take the 2nd metatarsal bone to heal. Its not broken or fractured. It happen almost 3 months ago & it still hurts alot?

Metatarsalgia.: What happened almost three months ago that causes your foot to hurt? Why would you expect it not to be hurt or fractured? The healing time can vary with the conditions that are causing the pain. Give us just a little more detail. ...Read more

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I broke my 5th metatarsal bone two weeks ago, I went to the orthopedic today and the fracture didn't get any better. They gave me a walking boot that?

I broke my 5th metatarsal bone two weeks ago, I went to the orthopedic today and the fracture didn't get any better. They gave me a walking boot that?

Walking boot: Is a good way to heal that fracture you need to Rest drink milk and repeat the x ray in 8 wks the 5th metatarsal fracture is difficult to heal in general due to poor blood supply in the region ...Read more

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I broken my right foot 7 weeks ago during an accident. Doctor said it was fracture of 5th metatarsal bone. Why is the pain and swelling still hasn't gone down?

I broken my right foot 7 weeks ago during an accident. Doctor said it was fracture of 5th metatarsal bone. Why is the pain and swelling still hasn't gone down?

5th met fracture: Generally it takes 6-8 weeks for bones to show radio graphic healing (x-ray healing) but reality is that bones take longer to heal completely. If you didn't have surgery, usually 3-4 months of healing and recovery is needed, but because it's the 5th met, you may still need surgery (it's a difficult bone to heal, sorry). Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have an avulsion fracture of my 5th metatarsal bone in my foot. What will I experience during my treatment?

Treatment: X-ray will be taken. Treatment will be aimed at taken weight off the area in order for the none to heal. Typically a walking cast boot will be utilized. Fracture healing is 6to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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3 1/2 weeks ago broke 4th metatarsal nondisplaced. In walking boot. Yesterday walked a lot & today top of foot is sore. Could I have displaced the fractured bone by wearing the walking boot too long?

3 1/2 weeks ago broke 4th metatarsal nondisplaced. In walking boot. Yesterday walked a lot & today top of foot is sore. Could I have displaced the fractured bone by wearing the walking boot too long?

Unlikely based on: Time already passed since diagnosis and you were wearing the walking boot. It justs sounds like you are appropriately sore due to the time on it. If it does not improve with some elevation and rest overnight see your physician is symptoms are bothersome but unlikely anything else needs to be done. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more