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How soon can I walk with my fractured metatarsal?

How soon can I walk with my fractured metatarsal?

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

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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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've been cleared to walk after a 5th metatarsal foot fractured 10 weeks ago, I having pain and difficulty walking is this normal?

5th met fracture: It is normal to have a little pain or discomfort when you begin walking again after a foot fracture. If you are having a lot of pain and difficulty walking, you should be re-evaluated. ...Read more

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I have predominantly transverse fracture of rt 5th metatarsal happened 2 weeks ago it ok to walk on it?

I have predominantly transverse fracture of rt 5th metatarsal happened 2 weeks ago it ok to walk on it?

No, these R very --: -hard 2 heal. It is unstable & walking on it makes it even more so. Get into C an orthopedic surgeon 4 eval, May need surgery but only by eval & imaging can 1 B sure ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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)?

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

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When I walk the head of metatarsal hurts really bad like a sharp pain. There's no bruising or swelling. Could it be fractured?

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Plantar fasciitis: Painful head of metatarsal area could be joint irritation or tendons, once you have ruled out a fracture. RICE, rest, ice, compression, and elevation may work well. A short 5 day course of NSAID (Motrin, Ibuprofen, aleve, or naproxen) may help also ...Read more

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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

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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

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

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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?

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

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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

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Can I re-fracture my 4th metatarsal in the same spot?

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

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What can cause recurrent metatarsal fractures?

OSTEOPENIA: Is it the same metatarsal, or different ones? I would check for osteoporosis with a DEXA scan.
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If you have a fractured spine can you still walk right when it has mended?

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

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Fracture of 5th metatarsal, what to do?

Need more info...: It depends where the fracture is on the fifth metatarsal and if it is displaced or not. Need more information or an x-Ray. ...Read more

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Can u walk if u have fractured foot near the toes?

Yes: But doesn't mean if you have a fracture it should not be treated, . ...Read more

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Could I walk on a fractured knee cap?

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

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Help with pain 4 weeks after metatarsal fracture?

Because it takes: Approximately 6? Weeks give or take two weeks in either direction it is not unusual to have pain at the 4 week mark. I hope you are in a surgical shoe or walking boot and not walking on your foot without being in one of these. ...Read more

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How long after a lisfranc fracture can walk normally?

How long after a lisfranc fracture can walk normally?

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Walking (Definition)

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


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