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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

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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Does the knot on top of my foot mean a broken bone?

Does the knot on top of my foot mean a broken bone?

Knot = broken?: No.
A knot on the top of a foot is frequently seen in feet that are not broken. ...Read more

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I had a heavy piece of metal hit my foot 3 weeks ago. The top of my foot is tight, with a large bump and hurts. I'm wondering if I have a broken bone if it's worth to go to a med clinic for care as I don't have heath insurance?

I had a heavy piece of metal hit my foot 3 weeks ago. The top of my foot is tight, with a large bump and hurts. I'm wondering if I have a broken bone if it's worth to go to a med clinic for care as I don't have heath insurance?

Yes, but.....: A painful bump from trauma is usually a good reason to get checked by your doctor or urgent care. However, a presumed fracture that is 3 weeks old has likely "partially" healed. Nonetheless, best to have it checked as a non-union of a fracture could be occurring. Btw-whether one has insurance or not does not play a role in what is best for health. ...Read more

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My son has a lump. On top of L foot. It feels like bone but hurts to touch. Went to ER and xray showed no broken bone. Dr said give it 10 days and ice/use crutches, probably sprain. Pain comes and goes for him. Consult orthopedic dr? Worried tumor?

My son has a lump. On top of L foot. It feels like bone but hurts to touch. Went to ER and xray showed no broken bone. Dr said give it 10 days and ice/use crutches, probably sprain. Pain comes and goes for him. Consult orthopedic dr? Worried tumor?

Likely not serious: Sometimes kids or adults will develop a bundle of coatings around a nerve traveling through the skin. These nodules or cysts stretch the fibers & can cause pain occasionally but are not like a bone cancer or infection. A bone bruise might produce a similar bump but it would become hard & gradually fade over months. A podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon could confirm/exclude this label & discuss treatm ...Read more

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Is a severe burning sensation normal after a broken bone? My mom broke her ankle 3 weeks ago and is now having severe burning sensations on the top of her foot. She says it feels like an iron or hot pokers are touching it. Her doctor loosened the bandages

Is a severe burning sensation normal after a broken bone? My mom broke her ankle 3 weeks ago and is now having severe burning sensations on the top of her foot. She says it feels like an iron or hot pokers are touching it. Her doctor loosened the bandages

While: While it may be expected to have some discomfort, there are some types of pain that may signify something amiss. Burning or electrical type pain is often described as "nerve pain", meaning there has been something that has occurred to a nerve in the area in question. Sensation to the top of the foot is from the superficial and deep peroneal nerves. The superficial peroneal nerve may have been stretched at the time of the original injury, compressed by dressings or injured a the time of surgery (you didn't mention whether she had had a surgery for the fracture. It may be specfic to this nerve or may come to encompass the entire foot/ankle in what some doctors call a complex regional pain syndrome. Ask your doctor about this. There are some medications that have been shown to help this sort of pain. A pain relief doctor (a subspecialty of anesthesia) may be consulted as well. ...Read more

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What are reasons why foot swells up after broken bone?

What are reasons why foot swells up after broken bone?

Fluid: Your body is sending all the "good stuff" you need for healing to the area. This is delivered via fluid and blood so there will be swelling at the fracture site. This can last for months after the injury. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

X-ray: X-ray is the way to best tell this. Pretty hard to do based on physical exam alone. Ct, MRI may also diagnose, though x-ray is first-line. ...Read more

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What are the symtoms of a broken bone in your foot?

What are the symtoms of a broken bone in your foot?

Bone pain & swelling: Broken bones can be painful when touched or deformed by forces such as bearing weight until early healing or appropriate immobilization/splinting is employed. Not all fractures show up on initial x-rays. Advanced imaging modalities (mri or ct scan) may be indicated to make the diagnosis. Swelling localized to the zone of injury or fracture is a clinical hallmark the is routinely present. ...Read more

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How long should bruising last on a broken bone in the foot?

It varies.: It varies from person to person and other factors, such as nature of the injury, etc. A typical range could be 2 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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How can I get my broken bone, the tuberosity at the end of the 5th metatarsal in the foot, to heal quickly?

How can I get my broken bone, the tuberosity at the end of the 5th metatarsal in the foot, to heal quickly?

Speeding bone healin: Getting bones to heal quickly is difficult and the person who figures this out will win a nobel prize, in the meantime, maintaining alignment of the fracture segments is the single most important factor in healing properly and quickly. Some surgeons advocate the use of electrical bone stimulation. Growth factors are not routinely used for primary uncomplicated fractures. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if my foot is still really bruised does that mean the broken bone isn't healing?

Could you tell me if my foot is still really bruised does that mean the broken bone isn't healing?

it may mean that: Your foot got really bruised and it take a few weeks for hte bruisng to begin to go away but it is dependent upoi=n how much bruisng you started with, your general health and circulation, how swollen you were, how agresviley you iced or elvated to reduce swelling and bruising initially. And certainly of bruising is going away and then comes back then one needs to get reevaluated. ...Read more

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Pain at outside of foot near arch when I take a step. Is this plantar fasciitis? Have previous diagnosis - never understood. Feels like broken bone.

Pain at outside of foot near arch when I take a step. Is this plantar fasciitis? Have previous diagnosis - never understood. Feels like broken bone.

Possible: It's fascitis but usually symptoms occur to inside of foot arch near heel. Cold be your lateral band or possible nerve entrapment. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I am in a boot for a broken bone in my foot. Wearing a boot made my spondydislothesis, which hadn't been a problem, cause sciatica. Help!?

I am in a boot for a broken bone in my foot. Wearing a boot made my spondydislothesis, which hadn't been a problem, cause sciatica. Help!?

Spondylolisthesis: Was always there long before the boot was on your foot. Likely the change in your gait caused it to pinch the nerve exiting out of that level. I would suggest you see a pain/spine fellowship trained specialist. You may be a candidate for an epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Doctors removed the cast to treat. Is this advisable?

Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Doctors removed the cast to treat. Is this advisable?

It sounds: Like the prudent thing to do. If you have a clot, you don't leave the cast on. As long as you are not walking on the foot, i.E using crutches, the bones should be okay. ...Read more

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Confused with gp's? Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Do I wear a cast or compression hose?

Depends: If the broken bone is healed then a compression hose would be of great benefit. When you are not on your feet, elevate your legs.
Discuss your activity level with your doctor. ...Read more

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I was playing soccer and a guy stepped on my foot. My left big toe now has like a clicking sound when I twist it. An X-ray has revealed no broken bone?

I was playing soccer and a guy stepped on my foot. My left big toe now has like a clicking sound when I twist it. An X-ray has revealed no broken bone?

You may: Have a soft tissue injury, like a torn extensor hood apparatus, tissue which holds the tendon down and so you may be hearing the extensor tendon moving out of place. A dynamic ultrasound or MRI can confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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I twisted my ankle an I went to the emergency no broken bone month after still hurt what can do.?

I twisted my ankle an I went to the emergency no broken bone month after still hurt what can do.?

Consider repeat Xray: Persistent pain would prompt me to consider repeating an x-ray of the area in question. It is possible that a very subtle fracture may be more easily identified a week or so after the injury. Simply put, the body has cells that help "clean up " the injured area of bone. Such activity can lead to a fracture line being more lucent as time goes on. Otherwise I agree with dr. Cheng's answer. ...Read more

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How long does swelling over an injured finger or toe associated with broken bone last?

How long does swelling over an injured finger or toe associated with broken bone last?

Healing rates vary: The healing rates can vary depending on the individual, on the extent and type of fracture, and on the treatment. ...Read more

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What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told I can walk on it it's swollen and tender?

What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told I can walk on it it's swollen and tender?

NASID's: You can take any of a number of different non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Over-the-counter ones like aleve (naproxen) work well, but you doctor can prescribe ones that will be stronger and last longer. ...Read more

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Don't you normally get drugs to set a broken bone (lets say ankle) prior to a doctor putting on a cast?

Don't you normally get drugs to set a broken bone (lets say ankle) prior to a doctor putting on a cast?

Some times: If only a cast is being applied and the bones to not have to be re-aligned medication would not be used. ...Read more

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Are there any little tricks to speeding up the recovery of a broken bone? Any help is welcome, please... I'm a collegiate women lacrosse player, and broke my leg skateboarding 2 & 1/2 weeks ago. I completely dislocated my ankle, and fractured my tib/fib. I

Are there any little tricks to speeding up the recovery of a broken bone? Any help is welcome, please... I'm a collegiate women lacrosse player, and broke my leg skateboarding 2 & 1/2 weeks ago. I completely dislocated my ankle, and fractured my tib/fib. I

There: There is nothing in the current state of technology that accelerates bone healing. However, there are ways to slow it down. Too much activity too soon can cause motion at the fracture site that disrupts the healing tissue. Infection (more often with surgery, but can rarely happen without surgery) also delays healing. Smoking or any source of nicotine also slows bone healing, though I assume at your level of athletics, you are not a smoker. Anti-inflammatories (advil, aleve, aspirin, etc.) can be the hidden factor in a bone not healing and should be used sparingly, if at all.

I agree that ligament healing after a dislocation is equally important with bone healing and can take longer. Some severe ligament injuries, such as the syndesmosis which holds the tibia and fibula together, can take more than 3 months to heal.

While bone stimulators--devices that use electricity, magnets, or ultrasound to create an electrical field around the bone and promote healing--can help in people at risk for poor healing, they don't decrease healing time enough to get you back for the spring and do nothing to promote ligament healing that we're aware.

It is very important to get good nutrition, including protein, calcium, and vitamin d for bone healing. It is also important to maintain whatever muscles you can by moving the parts that are not immobilized for the fracture/dislocation.

While I assume the fractures occurred near your ankle, fractures higher in the leg also take a lot longer to heal, with the average time of healing being about 16 to 18 weeks for the midshaft tibia.

Good luck with your recovery, but it looks like you're in a red shirt! ...Read more

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Top of foot swollen? Could this be a stress fracture?

Top of foot swollen? Could this be a stress fracture?

Yes, maybe: There are several things that can cause swelling on top of foot and stress fracture is one. If you suspect this, see your podiatrist or orthopedist. You will need to get an x-ray and sometimes other testing is necessary as stress fractures can be difficult to visualize on plain x-ray in the beginning of injury. ...Read more

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Mri neg., fracture boot for 4 weeks, refrained from activity 6 weeks, still have top of foot pain. What now?

Mri neg., fracture boot for 4 weeks, refrained from activity 6 weeks, still have top of foot pain. What now?

Have you tried thera: Could be tendonitis which may need anti-inflammatory meds and physical therapy. Have an MRI to determine what cause is. ...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


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