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How would 4 displaced fractures in your foot be treated?

How would 4 displaced fractures in your foot be treated?

It depends: Fractures usually need to be first immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location and type of the injury. If a closed reduction fails, displaced fractures usually require surgical management. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you. ...Read more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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Excruciating pain in my foot, displaced fracture of fifth phalanx. Buddy splintage on, 6 tablets of artifen yet no relief?

Excruciating pain in my foot, displaced fracture of fifth phalanx. Buddy splintage on, 6 tablets of artifen yet no relief?

FOOT FRACTURE: The healing from a foot FRACRURE can be very painful. Follow up with orthopedic doctor and request an air cast. Also stronger pain meditation ie ultracet (tramdol and acetaminophen) or Percocet. If pain persists you may need MRI of the foot to define the anatomy and see if surgery is warranted ...Read more

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I suffered displaced metatarsal fracture of left foot. The ER guys just gave me buddy splinttage and said that was enough. Shouldn't I get a POP?

I suffered displaced metatarsal fracture of left foot. The ER guys just gave me buddy splinttage and said that was enough. Shouldn't I get a POP?

If displaced....: If in fact the metatarsal fracture is displace, based upon the amount of displacement and the specific metatarsal involved, immobilization at the very least is required. Possible open reduction with internal fixation is needed, depending on the displacement. Buddy splinting metatarsals is not indicated nor effective. See your Podiatrist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a displaced fracture of phalanx with a buddy bandage! What should I wear in that foot since I cant wear a regular shoe?

Immobile it: If the displaced fracture is able to be reduce and maintained by the buddy splinting, either a surgical shoe or cam walker should be worn until the fracture has healed. If the toe in question is the great toe, possible surgical intervention may be required. ...Read more

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I had surgery for displaced fractures of metatarsal 2 and 3. does my foot need to be immobile? I have a boot and was advised that weight bearing ok

I had surgery for displaced fractures of metatarsal 2 and 3. does my foot need to be immobile? I have a boot and was advised that weight bearing ok

No: Weight bearing is ok with boot, but of course no running, jumping. You can walk on it, but be reasonable and do not overdo use. But you do not have to be immobile. ...Read more

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I have a non-displaced fractured Fibula. On crutches & in air boot. This happened 12 days ago. The ankle & foot still very swollen. Is this normal?

I have a non-displaced fractured Fibula. On crutches & in air boot. This happened 12 days ago. The ankle & foot still very swollen. Is this normal?

Yes: Doris,

It will take 6-8 weeks for the fibula to heal. Swelling should gradually diminish. To help, think RICE: Rest, Ice (my favorite ice is frozen peas), compress, elevate. This should help keep the swelling to a minimum. If the pain is too severe, or you develop numbness or inability to move the foot, please see your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My toe is still black ten days after displaced fracture. Is there any chance of vascular compromise? Also, feels like my foot is being crushed.

My toe is still black ten days after displaced fracture. Is there any chance of vascular compromise? Also, feels like my foot is being crushed.

Depends on: Degree of displacement and degree of crush injury to soft tissue. Get to an orthopedic surgeon for definitive treatment. Soft tissue loss, especially skin, of foot is a serious impairment. ...Read more

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3 weeks ago have a non displaced avulsion fracture on the tuberoisty of 5th Metatarsal. Been off the foot. When can I start gently using it? Please!

3 weeks ago have a non displaced avulsion fracture on the tuberoisty of 5th Metatarsal. Been off the foot. When can I start gently using it? Please!

Dancer's Fracture.: This sounds like a fracture know as a dancers fracture. With a walking cast boot and guarded ambulation, count on about 6 weeks for the bone to be strong enough to bear weight without the boot. It could take as much as 8 to 12 weeks tor total recovery and thus back to normal activity. ...Read more

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Does a non displaced fracture at the base of big toe cause your foot, ankle and toes to swell 4 weeks after it happened?

Does a non displaced fracture at the base of big toe cause your foot, ankle and toes to swell 4 weeks after it happened?

Fracture Swelling: Normal fracture healing will last six to eight weeks. Non-displaced fractures still require immobilization during the healing process to prevent them from becoming displaced fractures...
Swelling and discomfort is a normal, functional, protective response to any fracture.

You should follow closely with your podiatrist to insure proper healing. Serial xrays will objectify the fracture progression. ...Read more

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I had a displaced fracture of proximal phalanx of fifth toe two weeks ago. I am giving exams however, my foot swells a lot and has turned blue.?

I had a displaced fracture of proximal phalanx of fifth toe two weeks ago. I am giving exams however, my foot swells a lot and has turned blue.?

Moving Along.: From your description, your toe is not hurting. Well not as much as it was two weeks ago. The blue coloring can occur from all the collateral damage incurred during the original injury. Normally, this clears up in time. I would think that a displaced toe would still be swollen even after two weeks. Your body is not satisfied that the fracture is stable and is using swelling to help. ...Read more

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I have none-displaced small fracture in 5th Metatarsal Base of my foot. It was swelling immediately after the incident; I was put into a splint After 18 hours I was put into a cast. I have been in the cast for 10 days now, I do minimal “home” walking. Mos

Depends: It depends on the specific location of the fracture. An avulsion type fracture at the tip of the metatarsal is little more than a sprain of the foot and does not really require any immobilization at all. A more proximal fracture of the 5 th metatarsal is known as a jones fracture and requires strict non weight bearing in a cast to heal. ...Read more

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I had a displaced fifth toe fracture 3 days ago reduced with buddy taping. I cant hang my foot down, results in severe pain. How should I walk?

Not my buddy: Since you mention displaced fracture and buddy taping, it sounds like it has already been examined, x-rayed and splinted by a pro. If not, do it. When a bone breaks blood to the bone increases, increasing the pressure. When you hang it down, the pressure increases more. That increases pain. Elevate it. The taping may be slowing the blood out of toe increasing pain. Adjust it. Use fx shoe, crutch. ...Read more

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When should I start walking after fifth toe displaced fracture? Ten days and still hurts when I lower my foot. New bruises also sprang up in foot

When should I start walking after fifth toe displaced fracture? Ten days and still hurts when I lower my foot. New bruises also sprang up in foot

Maybe a second look.: I would think that ten days is enough time to allow you to walk with some mild to moderate pain. Since you are seeing new bruising something else should be considered. While enjoying the toe fracture, did you fracture something else that is now affecting you recovery. You need to get the foot x-rayed and check for other fractures. Nsaids should take the edge off and perhaps an accommodating shoe. ...Read more

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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

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Displaced fracture of 5th phalanx of foot 4 weeks ago The toe is black, dull pain feels heavy, detached & numb. Skin feels blister like with fluid.

Displaced fracture of 5th phalanx of foot 4 weeks ago The toe is black, dull pain feels heavy, detached & numb. Skin feels blister like with fluid.

You should see a dr: When you say black. What color are you?
Is it black like black and blue? Is there a capillary return in the toe? In any event at four weeks this should be more than 50 percent healed. Was the digit relocated at all. Usually, when relocated it snaps back into place immediately and then should be protected from re dislocating..., see a foot doc ...Read more

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I have a displaced ankle fracture. Should the doctor have performed a closed reduction on my foot before putting it into a splint? Surgery recommended

I have a displaced ankle fracture. Should the doctor have performed a closed reduction on my foot before putting it into a splint? Surgery recommended

Displaced fracture: If the ankle fracture is displaced, you will likely require surgical correction of the ankle fracture. It is difficult to give you the appropriate advice without seeing your x-rays, but displaced ankle fractures usually need surgical correction ...Read more

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Had a non displaced fractured fibula about 4 to 6 inches above the right ankle... Is surgery necessary?

Had a non displaced fractured fibula about 4 to 6 inches above the right ankle... Is surgery necessary?

Maybe: Is truely nondisplaced then no surgery necessary. If it is have then surgery. Even 2 mm of displacement can lead to prolonged healing up to 16 weeks. ...Read more

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Will a non displaced pelvice fracture cause my ankle to swell?

Will a non displaced pelvice fracture cause my ankle to swell?

Not directly: But it could put more pressure on the tendons of the ankle thereby straining them and leading to swelling. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't straighten out a toe after a displaced toe fracture?

What happens if you don't straighten out a toe after a displaced toe fracture?

Shoe fitting problem: It could heal in a bad position. This could lead to a fused toe in a bad position leading to shoe wear problems. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after a displaced ankle fracture without having surgery?

How long does it take to recover after a displaced ankle fracture without having surgery?

Surgery: Generally most ankle fractures classified as displaced requires some form of surgery. The reason is that displacement can cause angular problems with the ankle joint itself. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a walking boot and have a fractured ankle non-displaced medial malleolus. 4 weeks. Can I weight bear?

What to do if I have a walking boot and have a fractured ankle non-displaced medial malleolus. 4 weeks. Can I weight bear?

Should check with --: Your treating physician, as it depends on the healing of your fx. He'll make a decision based on your xrays findings ; exam. No one but your physician should decide only. ...Read more

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How does a doctor fix a displaced ankle fracture?

How does a doctor fix a displaced ankle fracture?

Puts it back in: Place and then holds it thre with various screws and plates (simplified answer). ...Read more

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How will a doctor fix my displaced ankle fracture?

How will a doctor fix my displaced ankle fracture?

Manipulation/surgery: If the displaced ankle is relatively new and can be manipulated back in place, then this would be done with an outpatient surgery. If the displaced ankle is old or severly out of place than this would also require surgery, but with some sort of screw/or plate fixation. ...Read more

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When can I start weight bearing after bi-malleolar ankle fracture non displaced?

When can I start weight bearing after bi-malleolar ankle fracture non displaced?

X-ray: The answer really depends on the facture. I neeed to see a x-ray to answer that. You will get various answers. I am very aggressive at letting people weight bear but if it is potentially unstable then it is wrong to weight bear. ...Read more

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Two months after displaced last toe fracture. I am unable to wear closed shoes?

May need surgery: If a fracture has healed in poor alignment, you may need surgery to have it corrected. ...Read more

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Suffered displaced phalanx fracture 4 weeks ago. 5th toe is bluish black, feels detached & spongy. There is dull pain & unable to put last 2 toes down?

Stabilize.: Toe fractures can range from simple, straight forward to those of more severity. The recovery process, as you would expect, will vary depending on the severity and treatment. Your inability to pit your last two toes down, seems to signify that there is still some residual swelling. This is not too unexpected if the toe is unstable. This could best be remedied by taping the last two toes together. ...Read more

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I had a non displaced fracture to the lateral side of my talus with my cartiledge still intact on mar 31st. Just got back from my first successful run since the injury. Ankle felt fine during the run but now it is grinding when I move it. Not necessarily

I had a non displaced fracture to the lateral side of my talus with my cartiledge still intact on mar 31st. Just got back from my first successful run since the injury. Ankle felt fine during the run but now it is grinding when I move it. Not necessarily

Grinding is not good: As joint cartilage is worn away, the smooth lining covering the rough bone is lost. When the bone is exposed, the joint may not move smoothly. You may feel or even hear a grinding sensation. This means to me you start some arthritis in ankle joint. ...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