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How Can I Tell If I Refractured My 4th Metatarsal
5th metatarsal: It is important that you see a physician and have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture. If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. There is a chance that a fifth metatarsal fracture may be a “jones fracture” and have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on Cause: Depends on the cause of your pain. Possible causes including stress fracture, fracture, bone cystic changes or structural problems. If the pain is injury related, rice and put the area at rest. This alone will take weeks but if nonresponsive consider other causes which will probably require more investigation. Thus a consultation with your local podiatrist. Other cause could be a neuroma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I broke my 3rd and 4th metatarsal, they were clean breaks right in the middle. How long would it take to heal?
Treatment options: Include doing nothing. Does it hurt? Sometimes the bone heals correctly on its own. If you have pain you can see the foot doctor and they can take x-rays. At this point in time if you need it corrected the only way is likely surgical correction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Imaging: Barring obvious deformity, see a physician & have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture. If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. Please note, if there is a 5th metatarsal fracture, it may be a “jones fracture” , & have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly so timely medical intervention is key for an optimal outcome. ...Read more
I think I broke 5th, maybe 4th metatarsal. Seeing ortho on Fri. Could not walk on it this am. What to do to improve prognosis until I can see doc?
Lots of Rice.: The treatment is called RICE. REST, ICE pack or cold pack applied, COMPRESSION(as much as tolerated),and ELEVATION (higher than the heart). To reduce the pressure on the injury, you may want to try using crutches. if pain is a problem, try Tylenol (acetaminophen) or an nsaid such as Motrin. ...Read more
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