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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. Bernard Seif
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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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What is the treatment for a fractured 2nd metatarsal of the foot.

What is the treatment for a fractured 2nd metatarsal of the foot.

See doc; get X-ray: It is important that the fracture be diagnosed and evaluated by x-ray. Depending on the location of the fracture as well as the extent of displacement, it will dictate the treatment protocol. Being that it is the 2nd metatarsal and crucial with weight bearing, i suggest you do not delay going to see the doctor. See a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Fractured 2nd, 3rd,4th metatarsal from nasty fall 3wk ago. Plastered foot atm. What treatment do u suggest (2nd and 3rd alignment off). ?

Fractured 2nd, 3rd,4th metatarsal from nasty fall 3wk ago. Plastered foot atm. What treatment do u suggest (2nd and 3rd alignment off). ?

Depends: It varies based on a more detailed description of the injury. Displaced metatarsal fractures do not always need surgery, but there is a critical part of the foot where the metatarsal bones meet the tarsal bones and if it is involved it must be perfectly realigned and fixed otherwise you may have a very poor outcome. Make sure you are seeing a specialist. ...Read more

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I am a 43yo male and fractured the fifth metatarsal of my left foot 4 weeks ago. Swelling is still massive and xrays yesterday show no signs of healing. Should i still have massive swelling after 4 weeks, and why has it not started to heal

I am a 43yo male and fractured the fifth metatarsal of my left foot 4 weeks ago. Swelling is still massive and xrays yesterday show no signs of healing. Should i still have massive swelling after 4 weeks, and why has it not started to heal

Rest?: First, where is the fracture? Certain 5th metatarsal fractures are notorious for poor healing. Are you walking on it? Was a cast or boot applied. Swelling and lack of healing after 4 weeks isn't alarming, but it it's a sign that you might want to take treatment seriously. Fractures heal best when there isn't constant motion across them. If it isn't healed in 12 weeks, try a bone stimulator. ...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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How do you fix an nonhealing first metatarsal? Broken for 4 months, fracture wasn't seen in first xrays, CT showed non-healing.

How do you fix an nonhealing first metatarsal? Broken for 4 months, fracture wasn't seen in first xrays, CT showed non-healing.

Surgery or bone stim: Surgery or bone stimulation can help heal if symptomatic. It is not considered a non union until 6 months. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture for possibly 2 years without knowing or seeking treatment? or would the pain be unbearable?

Is it possible to have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture for possibly 2 years without knowing or seeking treatment? or would the pain be unbearable?

Not likely.: I guess anything is possible, but I would think symptoms would develop as the weeks went by. Typically, swelling and pain would limit your ability to function normally. I have had patients continue with their activity, on a reduced scale, and eventually recover, however, in substantially less than 2 years. ...Read more

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Could a healing fracture of 3rd and 4th metatarsal cause intense pain in those toes? I don't remember injuring the foot to cause this.

Could a healing fracture of 3rd and 4th metatarsal cause intense pain in those toes? I don't remember injuring the foot to cause this.

Neuroma pain.: There could be a very good chance you have a morton's neuroma. It is a nerve between your 3rd and 4th metatarsals that can cause intense pain to the respected toes. It is worse with tight shoes on and relieved by going without shoes. I was suggest having it looked at by a Podiatrist. Probably not a fracture since there is no obvious trauma. neuromas are a common problem. ...Read more

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What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal? Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal?  Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

Varies: with the degree of buckling and the proximity to the growth plate. There are two types of buckle fractures, one involved just a single segment of the bony cortex and buckles on one side. Another involves the entire circumference or two sides and buckles in in more than one location. There are differing degrees of risk to the growth plate with each with continued mobility. If there is not obvious compromise of the growth plate, treatment can be a short leg walking cast for 3 weeks. Any complications involving the growth plate may require more aggressive treatment including surgical. ...Read more

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Have stress fracture 3rd metatarsal- been in a boot 10 weeks, using crutches. Still pain, swelling, x-ray shows only some healing. Need specialist?

Have stress fracture 3rd metatarsal- been in a boot  10 weeks, using crutches. Still  pain, swelling, x-ray shows only some healing. Need specialist?

Possibly: You're developing a delayed union. If you're not seeing a specialist already you should. It may be too early for a bone stimulator for your doctor can look into that for you. ...Read more

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Slow- to- heal metatarsal stress fracture- so far 17 weeks. Still pain, swelling- specialist says weight bearing, no boot to help healing. Is that ok?

Specialist In What?: There are a few things to consider here.I'm hoping your "specialist"thought of them but just in case:did you do what was necessary to promote healing?(e.g. following instructions; not doing too much too soon, etc)There may be a "malunion" (delayed or arrested healing) or a small painful "neuroma" that has developed.May be the beginning of a regional pain syndrome.Hopefully, you'll just get better. ...Read more

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Metatarsal stress fracture- 16 weeks of boot, crutches- pain, swelling. Some callus evident but healing incomplete on x-ray. What can be done?

Metatarsal stress fracture- 16 weeks of boot, crutches- pain, swelling. Some callus evident but healing incomplete on x-ray. What can be done?

Slow to heal: You may want to ask your doctor if they can prescribe a Bone Growth Stimulator. Sometimes we fix these problems with surgery however it depends on many factors. ...Read more

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What to do about a metatarsal stress fracture that still has pain, redness, is warm,, and still swelling into week 10 of treatment (boot, etc.)?

Reconsider diagnosis: If you are still standing and walking on it a lot, you could conceivably still have a stress fracture that has not healed and may need to go to crutches and no weight bearing. But the other possibility is that the initial diagnosis is not correct. There are conditions that have initially been misdiagnosed as a stress fracture before correct diagnosis made. ...Read more

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Did an MRI of the right foot & found out I have a fracture of the third metatarsal on my foot. How long is the healing process, what can I do to help.

Did an MRI of the right foot & found out I have a fracture of the third metatarsal on my foot. How long is the healing process, what can I do to help.

Mgt: Typically the healing process can take 6 weeks. Supplemental calcium and vitamin D3 may help. Your orthopedic specialist can provide the follow up appt in a few weeks, or as indicated. ...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?

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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Stress fracture-3rd metatarsal- slow to heal, 14 weeks, boot and crutches. X-rays - no healing since Week 7. Cast? Specialist? Still pain, swelling.

Stress fracture-3rd metatarsal- slow to heal, 14 weeks, boot and crutches. X-rays - no healing since Week 7. Cast? Specialist? Still pain, swelling.

You should be: Seeing a foot doctor whether podiatrist or orthopedic foot and ankle doc. Are you a smoker? Do you happen to know if you have vitamin D deficiency? Have you been exercising or wearing normal shoes during the healing process? At 14 weeks that certainly is delayed healing and you need to discuss a plan with the dr taking care of you. Perhaps a bone stimulator would be in order.... ...Read more

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