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I fractured my little toe. Is there anything I can do to help. It has beenabout ten days.

I fractured my little toe. Is there anything I can do to help. It has beenabout ten days.

"Buddy" splinting: Simply tape the fifth toe to the fourth to help maintain some stability around the fracture site. Compression, rest and ice may help as well. If it were me, I would also add aleve (naproxen) twice a day for the next couple weeks. ...Read more

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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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How would the symptoms differ from a 5th metatarsal fracture and tendonitis? Pain spot is about about inch/ inch and half lower than my little toe.

How would the symptoms differ from a 5th metatarsal fracture and tendonitis? Pain spot is about about inch/ inch and half lower than my little toe.

Very hard to deciphe: Some fractures are relatively painless. Thus it is best that you see a specialist like a Podiatrist & let them obtain imaging. This is not something you should try to diagnose yourself. If it is tendonitis the treatment could be Physical therapy and a topical anti-inflammatory. If it is a fracture it could involve immobilization. Given such different treatments the first step is a proper diagnosis ...Read more

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Can I live with a non union fracture in my little toe or will this cause damage later on in life to my foot or leg etc?

Can I live with a non union fracture in my little toe or will this cause damage later on in life to my foot or leg etc?

Depends: If the bones are well lined up, but not healed, it is unlikely to cause harm. It is also possible that what was diagnosed as a nonunion may actually be a delayed union and it could still go on to heal. If you have a fracture that is displaced and not healed, it could potentially lead to pressure sores and other problems if it is producing a deformity in the area. I would discuss with your md. ...Read more

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I have a displaced oblique fracture at the base of my little toe. It can't be strapped and I have difficulty and pain when walking. Would crutches h?

I have a displaced oblique fracture at the base of my little toe. It can't be strapped and I have difficulty and pain when walking. Would crutches h?

Crutches: Would help a good deal but you must KNOW HOW to use them. Improperly used they can be unsafe or aggravate the issue. In most Pharmacies there will be proper training if you ask for it....... Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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I fracture my foot dislocated my little toe and damaged my ligament on Sunday. How long will it be bruised for?

10-14 days: The fracture itself will usually heal by 6-8 weeks, but most bruising resolves in the 10-14 day range. ...Read more

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The little toe hit a table leg & 12 week old fracture in the 3rd phalange (outside parallel to the foot) hasn't healed. Surgery or laser to fix it?

The little toe hit a table leg & 12 week old fracture in the 3rd phalange (outside parallel to the foot) hasn't healed. Surgery or laser to fix it?

Unusual: Toe fractures esp phalanx fractures generally heal without much treatment in any case. I would suspect that it has some healing now. If it continues to hurt see your ors or podiatrist. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a fractured 2nd metatarsal of the foot.

What is the treatment for a fractured 2nd metatarsal of the foot.

See doc; get X-ray: It is important that the fracture be diagnosed and evaluated by x-ray. Depending on the location of the fracture as well as the extent of displacement, it will dictate the treatment protocol. Being that it is the 2nd metatarsal and crucial with weight bearing, I suggest you do not delay going to see the doctor. See a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Fractured 2nd, 3rd, 4th metatarsal from nasty fall 3wk ago. Plastered foot atm. What treatment do u suggest (2nd and 3rd alignment off).?

Fractured 2nd, 3rd, 4th metatarsal from nasty fall 3wk ago. Plastered foot atm. What treatment do u suggest (2nd and 3rd alignment off).?

Depends: It varies based on a more detailed description of the injury. Displaced metatarsal fractures do not always need surgery, but there is a critical part of the foot where the metatarsal bones meet the tarsal bones and if it is involved it must be perfectly realigned and fixed otherwise you may have a very poor outcome. Make sure you are seeing a specialist. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for foot fracture?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for foot fracture?

Depends on fracture: Most foot fractures are treated without surgery. Many heal well in a walking boot. Others have optimal healing in a cast. Others that are low risk only need rest and good supportive footwear. Metatarsal and toe fractures are the most common. Occasionally, severe fractures that are significantly displaced require surgery. The typical amount of healing time is 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a stress fracture of the foot to heal on its own without treatment?

Is it possible for a stress fracture of the foot to heal on its own without treatment?

Yes: The quickest route to healing would be to immobilize the foot, but the fracture will eventually heal on its own. The more pressurei n the area and the more motion trying to occur at the fracture line the more pain you will have. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest treatment for fracture of medial cuneiform bone in foot?

Need more info: I agree with dr. Kass, but in order to treat correctly, x-rays or ct scan for fracture extent are warranted. ...Read more

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I have an avulsion fracture of my 5th metatarsal bone in my foot. What will I experience during my treatment?

Treatment: X-ray will be taken. Treatment will be aimed at taken weight off the area in order for the none to heal. Typically a walking cast boot will be utilized. Fracture healing is 6to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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I have had a stress fracture in my left foot (3rd metatarsal) for 10 weeks. Treatment includes moon boot, crutches and physio. X-rays show slight healing but physio says more healing should have occurred by now. What should I do?

More Stimulation.: On what basis was the conclusion made that more healing should have occurred. The main criteria is the amount of pain you are having after 10 weeks. The problem with stress fractures is that many times patients just don't take them serious until too late. If you are still having pain, a bone stimulator may boost your healing potential. This is an easily applied device that may help significantly. ...Read more

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I have had probable navicular fracture. The left foot MRI is scheduled to confirm this. What are the pros and cons of surgical vs nonsurgical treatment?

Pro vs con: Surgery: pro - addresses pathology directly, possibly shorter recovery (study supported), decrease chances of re-fracture. Con- risks include same risks for all surgeries. No surgery: pro - no surgery, incision, of possible surgical complications, or recovery period from surgery, cheaper. Con- may not heal fracture on timely manner, may need surgery anyways and you just wasted 3 months in cast. ...Read more

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My fifth toe is swollen & red & I cant bend it down or walk on it cause of an injury but x ray doesn't show fracture so what's the problem?

Toe pain: Toe pain can be the result of overuse with tendinitis, stress fracture, bunions or metabolic issues. It could also be an infection. Please further inquire with the physician where you had xrays completed on what to do next. ...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.?

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 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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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more