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Doctor insights on: Foot Fracture Weight Bearing And Air Boots

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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 have fibular tip hair line fracture on right ankle and have boot no weight bearing for 3 weeks. Will I be able to bear any weight after three week?

I have fibular tip hair line fracture on right ankle and have boot no weight bearing for 3 weeks. Will I be able to bear any weight after three week?

Slowly: Yes, you will, but take it easy, especially when you have been non-weight bearing for three weeks. Muscles, tendons, ligaments get deconditioned very easily with splints like your boot. Your doctor may have ordered physical therapy which you should do. Definitely take it slow after the three weeks...You don't want to go to straight to lunges or run a marathon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a bunionette as a result of wearing a moon boot for a foot fracture and subsequently changing walking gait. It is painful to walk and shoes mak?

I have a bunionette as a result of wearing a moon boot for a foot fracture and subsequently changing walking gait. It is painful to walk and shoes mak?

By design...: The purpose of the moon boot is to change your gait in a way the dissipates the force of the ground over a larger surface area. This is what allows the fracture to heal. The boot may or may not irritate already existing problems such as bunions or bunionettes. There is a transition back into regular shoes. This may involve athletic shoe first. Ask your doctor for advice on shoes or therapy. ...Read more

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Very cold foot after minicus repair, platellia repair micro fracture 1 week ago. Also turns blue when standing. Not weight bearing yet?

Very cold foot after minicus repair, platellia repair micro fracture 1 week ago. Also turns blue when standing. Not weight bearing yet?

Not Normal: It is not normal to have cold feet and turning blue when standing. Meniscus repair is not a very complicated procedure. I suggest you follow up your concerns with the surgeon who repaired your meniscus/repair. ...Read more

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I have a jones fracture on right foot. My doctor said no weight bearing. I am on crutches and using the exogen lately. Is it ok to drive?

I have a jones fracture on right foot. My doctor said no weight bearing. I am on crutches and using the exogen lately. Is it ok to drive?

Jones Fract drive?: F from Brooklyn: I have a Jones fracture on right foot. My doctor said no weight bearing. I am on crutches & using the exogen lately. Is it ok to drive? ANS: Fx of bone in foot that runs from ankle bone to little toe guess you can drive if you don't need to brake with your right foot. But would ask your health care team. Dr humor: Are your right or left footed? Do you have hand breaks in car? ...Read more

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I fractured my left ankle mind communication in talus bone. I m on non weight bearing on foot for 7 weeks cast?

I fractured my left ankle mind communication in talus bone. I m on non weight bearing on foot for 7 weeks cast?

Yes...: Injuries to the talus may take a long time to heal and may need extended periods of immobilization. ...Read more

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One month after fibula ankle fracture. I am partial weight bearing, on my feet more than normal today. Entire lower leg swollen, is it normal?

One month after fibula ankle fracture. I am partial weight bearing, on my feet more than normal today. Entire lower leg swollen, is it normal?

It could: Some persistent swelling is not unusual even a month after fracturing your ankle. You can also get swelling from not using your leg muscles like normal. If the swelling is a lot more than usual, and it is painful consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I sustained a jones fracture on march 9th. I am not weight bearing and am on crutches. Do I need a cast/splint? Is it ok to move my foot up and down

I sustained a jones fracture on march 9th. I am not weight bearing and am on crutches. Do I need a cast/splint? Is it ok to move my foot up and down

5th metatarsal: It is important that you see a physician to guide you through this. With a “jones fracture” there is a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly so timely medical intervention is key for an optimal outcome. Nwb w/ crutches is certainly a safe move. You also may want to inquire about a cam walkker/ boot. I would refrain from excessive foot/ ankle motion until cleared by your physician. ...Read more

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What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

Fracture: If you have an ankle fracture I would not do any physical therapy exercises until the cast or boot is removed and fracture healing is observed on x-ray. ...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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Maisonneueve fracture, can I start walking 10 weeks post op. 8 weeks nwb 4 partial weight bearing, ankle feels good to ditch crutches, this okay?

Potentially: Yes, potentially. You would need to make sure that your injury is healed to the extent that it is safe to do so first, but most times 10 weeks is sufficient for healing. ...Read more

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Swelling and pain from metatarsal stress fracture- how long should it last with non-weight bearing in boot and crutches?

Swelling and pain from metatarsal stress fracture- how long should it last with non-weight bearing in boot and crutches?

To stress a point.: No method can predict exactly how long it will take a stress fracture to heal, under any conditions. Having said that, when you remove or substantially reduce the very stress that over powered the speed of your bone's ability to heal, then the fracture can repair itself. The accepted time frame is between 6-12 weeks or when all signs of fracture are gone. Non and limited weight bearing is best. ...Read more

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I fell over 2 weeks ago and partially dislocated my ankle. X-ray showed no fracture no repeat X-ray. Still having trouble weight bearing and walking

I fell over 2 weeks ago and partially dislocated my ankle. X-ray showed no fracture no repeat X-ray. Still having trouble weight bearing and walking

Need a medical exam: You have likely sprained your ankle joint. This could mean a ligament injury short of breaking your ankle bones. You will get much relief and a healthier ankle joint in the long run if you go see an orthopedic doctor in his office or go to an ER. Wrapping your ankle or placing it in a plaster may be required to help you to get back to normal function. Seek an Orthopedic Doctor or a ER specialist. ...Read more

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Incurred an ankle fracture (bone chips) & torn ligaments 25 yrs ago. Daily pain with any weight bearing activity. How might surgery help?

Incurred an ankle fracture (bone chips) & torn ligaments 25 yrs ago. Daily pain with any weight bearing activity. How might surgery help?

Maybe: It depends on what your physical exam and xrays show. There are several procedures that may be considered aNd you could consider evaluation with your pmd and or orthopedic surgeon to discuss ...Read more

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5 weeks ago, spiral proximal fibula fracture causing the majority of ligaments in ankle to tear/rupture. Began partial weight bearing. Full weight?

5 weeks ago, spiral proximal fibula fracture causing the majority of ligaments in ankle to tear/rupture. Began partial weight bearing. Full weight?

Need to clarify: A proximal fibular fracture would be just below the knee, a distal fracture would be at or near the ankle. The tibia is the main weight-bearing bone of the lower leg so you may need a few more weeks at least. The partial weight-bearing may also be due to the ligament injuries. ...Read more

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Slow- to- heal metatarsal stress fracture- so far 17 weeks. Still pain, swelling- specialist says weight bearing, no boot to help healing. Is that ok?

Specialist In What?: There are a few things to consider here. I'm hoping your "specialist"thought of them but just in case:did you do what was necessary to promote healing? (e.g. following instructions; not doing too much too soon, etc)There may be a "malunion" (delayed or arrested healing) or a small painful "neuroma" that has developed. May be the beginning of a regional pain syndrome. Hopefully, you'll just get better. ...Read more

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How to treat ankle stiffness after ankle fracture? It has been 7 weeks after fracture and doctor has now advised full weight bearing.

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How to treat ankle stiffness after ankle fracture? It has been 7 weeks after fracture and doctor has now advised full weight bearing.

Ankle stiffness: Did you ask your doctor about the stiffness? If not, give him or her a call about it and bring up any other concerns you may have. ...Read more

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What indicators on the x-ray signify that an ankle is ready to be weight-bearing after an ORIF for a trimalleolar ankle fracture? (no gaps, etc)

What indicators on the x-ray signify that an ankle is ready to be weight-bearing after an ORIF for a trimalleolar ankle fracture? (no gaps, etc)

Signs for healing: On xray the fracture site will appear healed in 3 different views... meaning new bone growth is seen overlying the fracture site... and yes no gaps present! ...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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Will a second foot fracture heal more slowly?

Not necessarily: A fracture should heal in about the same time frame if it is the same type of fracture. There are a couple of factors that may delay healing. If the fracture is displaced or if there is much motion at the fracture line. This will greatly delay healing. Poor blood flow and other disease processes may slow the healing process as well. ...Read more

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How do I ease pain caused by an old foot fracture?

How do I ease pain caused by an old foot fracture?

See a professional: Treatment depends of the location and type of injury. X-rays will help determine the if there is a re-injury. You may need to have the area immobilized and you may need surgery. Seek professional advice. ...Read more

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Would a foot fracture hinder my long term mobility?

Would a foot fracture hinder my long term mobility?

It is possible.: If it is not appropriately treated, you may develop long term disabling arthritic pain. ...Read more

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What can I do to stay in shape with a foot fracture?

Upper body exercises: You can perform upper body, and non weight bearing exercises. ...Read more

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Ankle/ foot fracture risk at 59?

Ankle/ foot fracture risk at 59?

Increased risk: In females due to menopause. Can be supplemented with Vit D and Calcium. In bother genders also due to decreasing proprioception. Its also important to note that since we are not in the sun often as a society many of us have very low Vitamin D levels. ...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


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Broken Foot (Definition)

It is when there is injury to the bone that penetrates the cortex (outer ...Read more