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Can You Walk With 2nd Metatarsal Fracture
Which metatarsal?: And what was done for it? In a non-displaced fracture of the middle 3 metatarsals, you can walk right away if protected with a cast and/or surgical shoe. The 5th metatarsal is more difficult, depending on the location of the fracture, especially at the base of the bone. The 1st metatarsal is much more difficult to break, so if that's the one, you're more likely immobilized in a bigger way. ...Read more
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
I've been cleared to walk after a 5th metatarsal foot fractured 10 weeks ago, I having pain and difficulty walking is this normal?
I have predominantly transverse fracture of rt 5th metatarsal happened 2 weeks ago it ok to walk on it?
I had 4 metatarsals fractured, I wore a cast 4 weeks. Now its removed and the doctor told its healed. Is it normal I have pain, so cant walk properly?
Not So Fast: Four fractured metatarsals may need more time to be titled healed. Of course, not knowing the severity of the fractures, certainly makes the idea of more time debatable. I would think a couple more weeks in a removable cast walker would ease the transition wearing a cast to regular ambulation. You might call the physician and inquire about the possibility of using one. ...Read more
I had a hairline fracture in my metatarsal from a fall. It's been 5 months and although I walk OK it still hurts to run on. Is that normal?
No Its not normal!:
By now it should have healed with no pain on walking or running. However you might experience some discomfort as you might need to train and get fit. I am sure it should not last more than a couple of weeks. This happens if you haven't trained or ran while the bone was healing.
If it is getting worse, then you need to have it seen by your Orthopod.
Good Luck. ...Read more
How soon can I walk on a broken non-displaced 5th metatarsal (could be jones fracture but not sure x-ray looks close to what pictures show for jones)?
6 weeks: It depends what part of your fifth metatarsal was broken and if it is displaced. Some areas and types of fractures take longer than others to heal, like a jones fracture. Make sure you follow your doctor's directions so it heals properly. Usually those fifth metatarsal fractures have to be immobilized in a boot. They take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal. And sometimes they have to be operated on. ...Read more
When I walk the head of metatarsal hurts really bad like a sharp pain. There's no bruising or swelling. Could it be fractured?
It could be: If you are an active person or you had a misstep while walking recently, it is possible to have a stress fracture. But, it could also be an inflammation related to sprain or arthritis or some kind of soft tissue injury. Examine your shoe first. Apply Ice, use an insert, anti inflammatory and if not improvement, see a doctor. ...Read more
I have metatarsal fracture in my foot and I was wondering how long till I can put weight on when I walk? It's hurting bad when I walk
Varies: It varies in part on the exact location of the fracture. That being said, most metatarsal fractures are well healed by 8-12 weeks. ...Read more
Pretty convinced I have a mild stress fracture on my 4th metatarsal. Can this heal on its own or does it need a doctor? I can walk with it pretty fine
Usually heals ok: If there is no pain and no discomfort then it should heal ok Be sure to wear good support shoes If increase pain then see provider ...Read more
When to be concerned about foot pain, painful to walk. Post 2nd metatarsal fracture in july 2013. Seems to be getting worse all of a sudden?
Sounds like the metatarsal may be still broken.
You need an xray before you keep full weight bearing. ...Read more
I had a fracture of the distal aspect of the fifth metatarsal bone, On 28 Nov it was fixed. How long do I walk with the special shoe given to me?
Ask your surgeon: He/she will likely say 8-12 weeks depending on the healing process. Follow directions carefully as you don’t want chronic problems. All the best. ...Read more
I'm 26 weeks preg. I think I have a stress fracture in my 1st metatarsal for 3 months & not healed yet. No pain but red & swollen when I try to walk/use?
Need a podiatrist: You probably need to immobilize the foot for a while. A podiatrist (or an orthopedist) might be able to fit you with a boot/brace to help you heal. This is a tough time to have your activity limited! And the extra pregnancy weight is not helping the healing process. I'm sorry! But proper care now might help avoid a longer term problem. Good luck! ...Read more
I have a metatarsal hairline fracture, it's been 2.5 weeks. I am currently in a cast. My foot swells up when I walk, is that okay?
Swelling is typical: Swelling would be typical while the foot is healing from the fracture. If you elevate the foot, the swelling should go down. If it is not going down with elevation, you should talk to your doctor. The cast could be too tight or you could develop a blood clot in your leg from being in the cast. ...Read more
For 5th metatarsal fracture (midshaft fract, slight displaced), is it too early to stand/walk with weight on heel in aircast boot (aft. 8 days in cast)?
Absolutely too early. Follow your doctor's advice.
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I have pain when I walk on the bottom of my foot at the head of my 4th an 5th metatarsal. I had an xray and didn't see a stress fracture. What is it?
Metatarsal stress fracture-ok to walk in boot? Originally non- weight bearing, then limited with crutches. Not healed, still sore, swollen- 3 months.
Sounds Amiss.: If it is still swollen and still painful after three months, then it is. More that likely not healed. It makes no sense to continue to put pressure on an apparently unstable fracture. You need to have it re-evaluated to determine the true extent of the healing or non-healing, whichever it may be. ...Read more
The sole of my left foot was punctured/lacerated by a broken table leg during a fall. There is swelling in mid foot and hurts to walk but I can push through with moderate pain. I can push on the metatarsal and don't believe there is a fracture. There was
See a doctor!: Falls are notorious for causing MSKL injuries and puncture wounds are high risk for infection. I strongly recommend presenting to a doctor for a thorough history and physical, incl. XRAY, to determine the nature of your pain, evaluate the wound, discuss your tetanus vaccine hx, and provide the appropriate course of care. Home remedies help in some cases, but you need a doctor's expert evaluation. ...Read more
My 2 year old has a subtle buckle fracture at base of 4th metatarsal. Walks on heel but otherwise fine. No pain, no complaining. Does he need a cast?
Cast Buckle Fracture: Yes, it should be casted up to 3 weeks for optimal healing. Kids are pretty rambunctious and you do not want this to progress to a full fracture. ...Read more
I've an Avulsion Frcture of 5th metatarsal 9 days ago, bruising almost gone, no pain foot can go flat to floor, should I try to walk without my crutch?
No: This fracture is in a spot that can be reinjured easily as the tendon attachment is there. Bone takes 6-8 weeks to mend even though it may not hurt. Follow the advice of your surgeon carefully. ...Read more
Sure: An injury or misalignment from a previous fracture can result in fracture in the same spot. It's unfortunate but it can happen. ...Read more
Fractured metatarsal: The only way to know is to have a foot xray. ...Read more
Depends: A healthy back is critical for normal walking, so any injuries or fractures can cause trouble even after healing. Also, back fractures can cause nerve injuries that can have an effect. However, many back fractures can heal with or without surgery with a normal gait. Good physical therapy would be helpful, as they can strengthen muscles and address posture. ...Read more
Yes: But doesn't mean if you have a fracture it should not be treated, . ...Read more
It depends.: On the fracture pattern and method of fixation. Many orthopedic surgeons will allow people to weight bear as tolerated with the knee in full extension while in a brace for many fracture patterns whether treated operatively or non operatively. Consult your orthopedic surgeon for their recommendation. ...Read more
3-6 months: Lisfranc injuries unfortunately have an long recovery. I tell my patients it takes 3 months to heal and 3 months to rehab. ...Read more
Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more
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
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