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

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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I fractured my fourth metatarsal over 7 months ago and to this day I still feel pain, soreness and stiffness everyday, is this normal?

I fractured my fourth metatarsal over 7 months ago and to this day I still feel pain, soreness and stiffness everyday, is this normal?

Foot pain: No it is abnormal;so go get a physical exam and possibly an Xray as well as appropriate therapy/advice based on findings ...Read more

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I had surgery on my 4th and 5th metatarsal two plates and 19 screws and two incision with 25 staples ihow long do those staples need to stay in it has been 3 weeks since surgery and I am scheduled to get them out oct 16th is this too long I have no pain i

I had surgery on my 4th and 5th metatarsal two plates and 19 screws and two incision with 25 staples ihow long do those staples need to stay in it has been 3 weeks since surgery and I am scheduled to get them out oct 16th is this too long I have no pain i

Talk to your doctor: While the soft tissues may appear to have healed, if the deeper tissues were severely traumatized or you have other issues (like diabetes or open injury) the surgeon may have reasons for keeping the staples in. On the other hand if there is skin irritation around the staples (redness, drainage, pus pockets), the doctor needs to know. ...Read more

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I recently found out that i partially dislocated my 4th metatarsal from my cuboid bone, what is the general treatment for this? and how long?

I recently found out that i partially dislocated my 4th metatarsal from my cuboid bone, what is the general treatment for this? and how long?

Unusual : This would be an unusual injury. Goals of treatment would be to stabilize the metatarsal in a non dislocated position. If the dislocation is the result of an injury and is severe enough this may require surgery. ...Read more

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I had an accident 4 weeks ago. Dr said I broke the 3rd &4th metatarsals. Using walking boot. What else could cause pain in the ball of my foot still?

I had an accident 4 weeks ago. Dr said I broke the 3rd &4th metatarsals. Using walking boot. What else could cause pain in the ball of my foot still?

Foot Fracture: Bones can take 6-8 weeks to heal, assuming no complications and no medical conditions that would delay the healing process. It is not uncommon to still have some pain during the early healing process specially if you are walking on it too much. However, if the pain seems to be getting worse or not improving then you need to see the doctor to make sure no other injuries are there. May need MRI. ...Read more