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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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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.?

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

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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

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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?

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?

R I C E rest, Ice...: What has changed that you can attribute to the onset of this pain in your foot? Increased activity? Trauma?
New shoes? Was the onset traumatic? You might need a X.ray to identify a fracture. Limit activity to tollerance Read more

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I fractured my fourth metatarsal over 7 months ago and to this day I still feel pain, soreness and stiffness everyday, is this normal?

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

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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

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

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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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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 recently found out that I partially dislocated my 4th metatarsal from my cuboid bone, what is the general treatment for this? And how long?

Unusual: This would be an unusual injury. Goals of treatment would be to stabilize the metatarsal in a non dislocated position. If the dislocation is the result of an injury and is severe enough this may require surgery. Read more

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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?

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

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Healing time for displaced spiral fracture of 4th & 5th metatarsal?

Healing time for displaced spiral fracture of 4th & 5th metatarsal?

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

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