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Can I re-fracture my 4th metatarsal in the same spot?

Can I re-fracture my 4th metatarsal in the same spot?

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

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Tell me about broken metatarsals?

Tell me about broken metatarsals?

See below: They are fractures of the long bones of the foot. If untreated they can shift or dislocated creating severe deformity, pain and need for surgery. If in good alignment then immobilization is usually needed. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have broken my 5th metatarsal?

How to tell if I have broken my 5th 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 more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from metatarsal pain?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from metatarsal pain?

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

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How do I tell if my 5th metatarsal is fractured?

How do I tell if my 5th metatarsal is fractured?

5th metatarsal: Pain, swelling, deformity at the site may be sprain but possibly fracture. Radiograph (xray) needed to r/o fracture. Fracture or severe sprain will require splinting. Fp/orthopedics/sports medicine/er docs can handle it & provide followup care. ...Read more

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I broke my 4th metatarsal 5 years ago, but never got it fixed. What are my treatment options?

I broke my 4th metatarsal 5 years ago, but never got it fixed. What are my treatment options?

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

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How to tell if i broke a metatarsal bone?

How to tell if i broke a metatarsal bone?

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

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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?

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