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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tell me about broken metatarsals?

Tell me about broken metatarsals?

See below: They are fractures of the long bones of the foot. If untreated they can shift or dislocated creating severe deformity, pain and need for surgery. If in good alignment then immobilization is usually needed.

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Should I ice an old sprain?

Should I ice an old sprain?

Yes: Yes, ice helps healing, especially if there is swelling. If it's a chronic or recurring sprain, you may need bracing or to see your local podiatrist for further treatment.

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How can I reduce sprain pain?

How can I reduce sprain pain?

Can you say "RICE": This mnemonic has stood the test of time because it is correct. Rest the area - reduce weight bearing or use. Ice the area - the best early treatment for sprains. Compression to the area - protection reduces irritation and aids healing. Elevation to the area - gravity isn't just a suggestion, it's the law so fight it by elevating the part. If you're not better in 72 hours see your doctor.

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Tell me what's a grade 2 sprain?

Tell me what's a grade 2 sprain?

It depends: There are several different grading systems. Some are supposed to apply to all joints while others intended to apply to certain joints only. However, most have 3 different grades where grade 1 is the most mild and grade 3 is the worst. So, a grade 2 is right in the middle. What that means regarding treatment and prognosis cannot be answered without knowing more info.

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What is the recovery time for a sprain?

What is the recovery time for a sprain?

Depends: Mild or grade 1 sprains typically heal in 1-2weeks grade 2 or moderate sprains take about 4weeks to heal a grade 3 sprain which is a complete ligament tear can take 6-8 weeks to heal and might require surgery.

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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