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How Can I Tell If I Refractured My 4th Metatarsal
Sure: An injury or misalignment from a previous fracture can result in fracture in the same spot. It's unfortunate but it can happen. ...Read more
X-ray bilateral feet a tiny calcification is present adjacent to the lateral aspect of the 4th metatarsal head, and a small left plantar calcaneal spur. No other abnormality. Could you please tell me what this all mean. Thank you so much.?
Typical findings.: It describes an accessory bone near the metatarsal head, which is almost always of little consequence. The small plantar spur that is found in many patients and may or may not ever be of consequence. The issue is whether or not these symptoms are somehow linked to any symptoms. It would be interesting to know why the x-ray was taken in the first place. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
I broke my 3rd and 4th metatarsal, they were clean breaks right in the middle. How long would it take to heal?
6-8 weeks: I would check your vitamin d levels to make sure they are optimal and wear a cam walker boot. ...Read more
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 more
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
Was getting these flashes of pain in my 5th metatarsal for a wk. Now I have a constant pain in 4th meta. No injury, swelling but tender. What is this?
I noticed a large bump on my 4th metatarsal of my right foot. Doesn't really cause pain but feels really strange? Don't know where or what caused it.
I fractured my fourth metatarsal over 7 months ago and to this day I still feel pain, soreness and stiffness everyday, is this normal?
Foot pain: No it is abnormal;so go get a physical exam and possibly an Xray as well as appropriate therapy/advice based on findings ...Read more
I had surgery on my 4th and 5th metatarsal two plates and 19 screws and two incision with 25 staples ihow long do those staples need to stay in it has been 3 weeks since surgery and I am scheduled to get them out oct 16th is this too long I have no pain I
Talk to your doctor: While the soft tissues may appear to have healed, if the deeper tissues were severely traumatized or you have other issues (like diabetes or open injury) the surgeon may have reasons for keeping the staples in. On the other hand if there is skin irritation around the staples (redness, drainage, pus pockets), the doctor needs to know. ...Read more
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
I recently found out that I partially dislocated my 4th metatarsal from my cuboid bone, what is the general treatment for this? And how long?
I have pain between my third and fourth metatarsal. It is not in the upper but more in the meat, feels like I am walking on a lump. Painful to walk.
I had an accident 4 weeks ago. Dr said I broke the 3rd &4th metatarsals. Using walking boot. What else could cause pain in the ball of my foot still?
Foot Fracture: Bones can take 6-8 weeks to heal, assuming no complications and no medical conditions that would delay the healing process. It is not uncommon to still have some pain during the early healing process specially if you are walking on it too much. However, if the pain seems to be getting worse or not improving then you need to see the doctor to make sure no other injuries are there. May need MRI. ...Read more
Fracture: If displaced might need surgical repair. Will take about 6 weeks to heal before you can apply any weight followed by rehab for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more