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What are the consequences of not healing a midfoot fracture?

What are the consequences of not healing a midfoot fracture?

Depends: There are several types of midfoot fractures. Some can not heal and may not cause many symptoms. Others may cause severe disability. If you have a non healed midfoot fracture, seek advice from an orthopedic surgeon trained in foot and ankle. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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What is the treatment for lisfranc (midfoot) fracture?

What is the treatment for lisfranc (midfoot) fracture?

Most require surgery: Only non-displaced or very minimally displaced lisfranc injuries will heal successfully without surgery. Most others need surgery. Most often, surgery means putting several screws and/or pins across the injured areas. This is a tough injury to treat in that it often results in some residual pain/dysfunction. ...Read more

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I have a possible navicular stress fracture- midfoot pain and hurts to walk pain getting worse. What is usually the treatment?

I have a possible navicular stress fracture- midfoot pain and hurts to walk pain getting worse. What is usually the treatment?

Rest it to heal: You want this stress fracture to heal, so you'll want to take it easy. We say RICE Which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Bones can take 4-8 weeks to heal. If you don't give it rest and time, you could end up with chronic for pain from a bone that was never allowed to heal. Be very mindful about the needs of your body. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do most midfoot fractures occur?

How do most midfoot fractures occur?

Midfoot fractures: Depending on the location, a midfoot fracture can occur with forces ranging from minor to major. Dancing, ankle inversion injuries, motor vehicle accident, falls from heights & horses and sports can all cause midfoot fractures/dislocations. Treatment of these injuries depends on the type and severity. Surgery is sometimes required. You doctor must evaluate your injury & determine the treatment. ...Read more

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What are the tests for lisfranc (midfoot) fracture?

What are the tests for lisfranc (midfoot) fracture?

CT ; r-rays: It is named after dr lisfrank during the napolionic wars, caused by soldiers who fell from their horses ; had a foot caught in the stirrup. Nfl has quite a few of them. Usually missed or often missed due 2 the fact that they reduce themselves, ; if no fractures ; only dislocation, an MRI is needed in those cases of high suspicion. ...Read more

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Best way to treat midfoot fracture?

Best way to treat midfoot fracture?

Immobilization: Depends on so many things. Depends on which bone and if there is a joint involved and if there is any displacement of the the fracture pieces. At least it i immobilization for 4-6 weeks in a cast or cam boot and possibly non weight bearing and maybe even surgery. ...Read more

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ORIF 6/15 for lisfranc & nutcracker injuries. Diffuse osteopenia in midfoot now. Advise hardware removal or would it pose risk of re-fracture? Age 44

ORIF 6/15 for lisfranc  & nutcracker injuries. Diffuse osteopenia in midfoot now. Advise hardware removal or would it pose risk of re-fracture? Age 44

The osteopenia: May be from not using the foot during the rehab period as I'm sure you were in a cast or splint. I would advise checking your bit d levels and pending their result take vit d supplementation based on blood work and also supplement with vitamin k2 and hopefully as you are walking more and more the bone will build up. ...Read more

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Can barefoot running cause midfoot fractures?

Can barefoot running cause midfoot fractures?

Hard to say: There is not much research on the benefits or risks of barefoot running. Midfoot fractures are usually stress injuries and the loss of shock absorption with barefoot running could lead to a fracture. ...Read more

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How do they do a midfoot fusion when they feel screws will fall out due to multiple comminuted fractures?

How do they do a midfoot fusion when they feel screws will fall out due to multiple comminuted fractures?

Midfoot fusions: Midfoot fusions are a common surgical treatment for comminuted fractures of the midfoot. If there is a large bony defect that worries the surgeon, bone grafts can be placed at the sites of the defects. This can promote healing and prevent hardware failure. ...Read more

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Can you heel a midfoot fracture without going to the doctor?

Can you heel a midfoot fracture without going to the doctor?

Not recommended.: First, you can't diagnose the fracture without an x-ray, MRI or ct scan, and you would have to see a doctor to make the diagnosis. Second, there are many different types of midfoot fractures, and while some minor ones may heal on their own, most require treatment, such as a cast, boot or even surgery. Failure to treat the fracture correctly can lead to lifelong problems. ...Read more

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I had midfoot fracture 2 months back.Took X-ray now bone connection is ok.But i feel pain while walking.Better take rest r continue to walk in pain?

I had midfoot fracture 2 months back.Took X-ray now bone connection is ok.But i feel pain while walking.Better take rest r continue to walk in pain?

Let it heal: Depends on your specific mid foot fx.It sounds like it did not require surgery( displaced lis franc injury). It should improve over the next 4-6 wks. I'd it does not, see your treating ors.If the pain causes u to limp, discontinue walking and swim or ex. Bike... ...Read more

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I had midfoot fracture 2 months back.Feel pain while walk, no pain if i press the area.Is this nerve or muscle or bone pain?

I had midfoot fracture 2 months back.Feel pain while walk, no pain if i press the area.Is this nerve or muscle or bone pain?

Could be bone pain: If you are still experiencing pain in the region of the fracture 2 months after the injury, it is possible the fracture hasn't healed completely. Make sure you are cleared to begin walking by your physician. Have xrays confirmed that the fracture was healed? ...Read more

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I had midfoot fracture 2 months back.  I had elastic cast for 5 wks, it was so tight sometimes now I feel pain and my big toe lost some stiffness.  Could that be due to a tight cast?

I had midfoot fracture 2 months back.  I had elastic cast for 5 wks, it was so tight sometimes now I feel pain and my big toe lost some stiffness.  Could that be due to a tight cast?

Yes possible.: The injury along with the application of the cast has resulted in stiffness of your foot. You may benefit with a period of physical therapy to improve you function, strengthen muscles, and to improve your flexibility. Consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Results from my daughter's bone scan says that there is mildly increased uptake in the dorsum of her midfoot on delayed imaging. Stress fracture?

Results from my daughter's bone scan says that there is mildly increased uptake in the dorsum of her midfoot on delayed imaging.  Stress fracture?

Not necessarily: I would expect the same type of report from a kid with a bone bruise or scuff at the same location.Such wording should be paired with the results of a history and physical exam to decide the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Im 24 m, i had midfoot fracture 2 months back, i had tight elastic cast to my foot fr 5 wks, after that suddenly i got sciatica.Does tight cast caused?

Im 24 m, i had midfoot fracture 2 months back, i had tight elastic cast to my foot fr 5 wks, after that suddenly i got sciatica.Does tight cast caused?

Possibly: Sciatica typically is pain originating in the spine or buttock region and radiating down the leg. Typically if the pain you describe is around the cast in the foot then it could be the cast was too tight and caused a local compression of nerves in the foot. If the pain radiates all the way up the leg, then it could be that altered walking pattern could have aggravated a spine issue. ...Read more

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It's been one week since my foot surgery (midfoot fracture excision and curettage of cysts) and the top of my foot is still numb. Is this normal?

It's been one week since my foot surgery (midfoot fracture excision and curettage of cysts) and the top of my foot is still numb. Is this normal?

Of all the Nerve.: Being numb after one week is well within normal limits. Sometimes there is little or no numbness and other times, well. Give it some time to recover, say several months. ...Read more

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All my midfoot bones are severely contused on MRI and avulsion fracture my proximal navicular even after 8 wks. How much longer to heal? Frustrated.

All my midfoot bones are severely contused on MRI and avulsion fracture my proximal navicular even after 8 wks. How much longer to heal? Frustrated.

Bone contusions: Bone contusions can take many months to fully resolve of symptoms. Bone fractures ordinarily take 6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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What're the symptoms and treatment of a greenstick fracture?

Pain, swelling: Typically the symptoms will be pain, swelling and limited use due to pain. Usually the injury is secondary to a fall and will require a cast for 4-6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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What is the typical healing time for a fractured scaphoid?

What is the typical healing time for a fractured scaphoid?

Scaphoid fracture: This depends on the level of the fracture through the scaphoid and if you have surgery or not. Nonoperative distal waist-3 months, mid waist-4 months, proximal waist-5 months. Surgical treatment usually has a healing time of 3 months. These are severe injuries which should be managed by your orthopaedic hand surgeon. ...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