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Swelling and pain from metatarsal stress fracture- how long should it last with non-weight bearing in boot and crutches?

Swelling and pain from metatarsal stress fracture- how long should it last with non-weight bearing in boot and crutches?

To stress a point.: No method can predict exactly how long it will take a stress fracture to heal, under any conditions. Having said that, when you remove or substantially reduce the very stress that over powered the speed of your bone's ability to heal, then the fracture can repair itself. The accepted time frame is between 6-12 weeks or when all signs of fracture are gone. Non and limited weight bearing is best. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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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How do you fix an nonhealing first metatarsal? Broken for 4 months, fracture wasn't seen in first xrays, CT showed non-healing.

Surgery or bone stim: Surgery or bone stimulation can help heal if symptomatic. It is not considered a non union until 6 months. ...Read more

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I had surgery for displaced fractures of metatarsal 2 and 3. does my foot need to be immobile? I have a boot and was advised that weight bearing ok

I had surgery for displaced fractures of metatarsal 2 and 3. does my foot need to be immobile? I have a boot and was advised that weight bearing ok

No: Weight bearing is ok with boot, but of course no running, jumping. You can walk on it, but be reasonable and do not overdo use. But you do not have to be immobile. ...Read more

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Slow- to- heal metatarsal stress fracture- so far 17 weeks. Still pain, swelling- specialist says weight bearing, no boot to help healing. Is that ok?

Slow- to- heal metatarsal stress fracture- so far 17 weeks. Still pain, swelling- specialist says weight bearing, no boot to help healing. Is that ok?

Specialist In What?: There are a few things to consider here. I'm hoping your "specialist"thought of them but just in case:did you do what was necessary to promote healing? (e.g. following instructions; not doing too much too soon, etc)There may be a "malunion" (delayed or arrested healing) or a small painful "neuroma" that has developed. May be the beginning of a regional pain syndrome. Hopefully, you'll just get better. ...Read more

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Metatarsal stress fracture-ok to walk in boot? Originally non- weight bearing, then limited with crutches. Not healed, still sore, swollen- 3 months.

Sounds Amiss.: If it is still swollen and still painful after three months, then it is. More that likely not healed. It makes no sense to continue to put pressure on an apparently unstable fracture. You need to have it re-evaluated to determine the true extent of the healing or non-healing, whichever it may be. ...Read more

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After fracture once callus is seen on xray, is weight bearing allowed?

After fracture once callus is seen on xray, is weight bearing allowed?

Depends: Just seeing callus indicates that the healing process is in progress. Has the callus bridged the fracture? Has the fracture line been obliterated by callus? Such factors need to be evaluated to determine when increase stress may be placed on the injured area. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of weight bearing as early as 3 weeks post fibula fracture as opposed to resting for 5 weeks with elevation.

Reframe the fracture: Because of limitations in the framing of your question, it is difficult to say. The severity of the fracture as well as the type of fracture given in relation to the fracture are really important to know. ...Read more

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Very cold foot after minicus repair, platellia repair micro fracture 1 week ago. Also turns blue when standing. Not weight bearing yet?

Very cold foot after minicus repair, platellia repair micro fracture 1 week ago. Also turns blue when standing. Not weight bearing yet?

Not Normal: It is not normal to have cold feet and turning blue when standing. Meniscus repair is not a very complicated procedure. I suggest you follow up your concerns with the surgeon who repaired your meniscus/repair. ...Read more

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Can u stress a healing fracture out by doing rehab while its healin but no weight bearing tibula and fibula?

Can u stress a healing fracture out by doing rehab while its healin but no weight bearing tibula and fibula?

Usualy not: You are not weight bearing but using the pressure from the muscles around the bone, if fracture is stable you should not have any problem. ...Read more

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What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

What are effective non-weight bearing ankle fracture physical therapies?

Fracture: If you have an ankle fracture I would not do any physical therapy exercises until the cast or boot is removed and fracture healing is observed on x-ray. ...Read more

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Maisonneueve fracture, can I start walking 10 weeks post op. 8 weeks nwb 4 partial weight bearing, ankle feels good to ditch crutches, this okay?

Maisonneueve fracture, can I start walking 10 weeks post op. 8 weeks nwb 4 partial weight bearing, ankle feels good to ditch crutches, this okay?

Potentially: Yes, potentially. You would need to make sure that your injury is healed to the extent that it is safe to do so first, but most times 10 weeks is sufficient for healing. ...Read more

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My doctor told me that weight bearing on a non-displaced medial femoral condyle fracture was okay. Diagnosed with a fracture on may 13. Just wondering?

I'd recommend NWB: I'm not sure what the fracture looks like. If its truly a medial condyle fracture, I would recommend non-weight-bearing. Without knowing the fracture pattern it's hard to know. ...Read more

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Are there many cases of a non displaced lateral malleolus fracture treated conservatively in cast and non weight bearing, then aircast partial weight bearing, having to result in ORIF?

Are there many cases of a non displaced lateral malleolus fracture treated conservatively in cast and non weight bearing, then aircast partial weight bearing, having to result in ORIF?

Occasionally: A lateral malleolus fracture treated this way is frequently considered stable but may border the line between stability and instability. In these instances such a fracture might displace sufficiently to warrant operative fixation of the bone. ...Read more

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What to do if I fell and put all my weight on my non-weight bearing leg. I have a tibia/fibula fracture.?

What to do if I fell and put all my weight on my non-weight bearing leg. I have a tibia/fibula fracture.?

See your Orthopod: Who has been treating you for your FX and let him examine you and get a XRs on your leg/ankle.
Do what he tells you.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Had surgery february third on acetabular fracture and was non weight bearing for three months. Started thrpy in may how lng does it take to walk?

Had surgery february third on acetabular fracture and was non weight bearing for three months. Started thrpy in may how lng does it take to walk?

Best you ask your--: Treating surgeon, as it depends on your injury severity and how does the fixation look and how well is it healed.
Anyone else answering this for you would most likely cause confusion and frustration for you.
Its only been 4 months, so walking without a walker or crutches might be another 2-4 months away. It all depends on your progress, which your orthopod can tell you.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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I have a jones fracture on right foot. My doctor said no weight bearing. I am on crutches and using the exogen lately. Is it ok to drive?

Jones Fract drive?: F from Brooklyn: I have a Jones fracture on right foot. My doctor said no weight bearing. I am on crutches & using the exogen lately. Is it ok to drive? ANS: Fx of bone in foot that runs from ankle bone to little toe guess you can drive if you don't need to brake with your right foot. But would ask your health care team. Dr humor: Are your right or left footed? Do you have hand breaks in car? ...Read more

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When can I start weight bearing after bi-malleolar ankle fracture non displaced?

When can I start weight bearing after bi-malleolar ankle fracture non displaced?

X-ray: The answer really depends on the facture. I neeed to see a x-ray to answer that. You will get various answers. I am very aggressive at letting people weight bear but if it is potentially unstable then it is wrong to weight bear. ...Read more

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What is the recovery period for a hip stress fracture and what non weight bearing exercises are good?

What is the recovery period for a hip stress fracture and what non weight bearing exercises are good?

6 weeks: At least 6 weeks. Nonweight bearing exercises are fine. Swimming is great for stress fractures. Stationary biking is ok. ...Read more

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I'm having micro fracture knee surgery on my right knee. Is it possible to be cleared to drive before I'm weight bearing? I have to drive to school.

I'm having micro fracture knee surgery on my right knee. Is it possible to be cleared to drive before I'm weight bearing? I have to drive to school.

No: Driving requires leg, arm and mental performance. Braking requires weight bearing. Depending on your response to anesthesia or your pain levels you may not be a fit driver for weeks. A sleepy driver is a bad driver (reflexes slowed). Check with your surgeon for clearance. ...Read more

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I fell over 2 weeks ago and partially dislocated my ankle. X-ray showed no fracture no repeat X-ray. Still having trouble weight bearing and walking

I fell over 2 weeks ago and partially dislocated my ankle. X-ray showed no fracture no repeat X-ray. Still having trouble weight bearing and walking

Need a medical exam: You have likely sprained your ankle joint. This could mean a ligament injury short of breaking your ankle bones. You will get much relief and a healthier ankle joint in the long run if you go see an orthopedic doctor in his office or go to an ER. Wrapping your ankle or placing it in a plaster may be required to help you to get back to normal function. Seek an Orthopedic Doctor or a ER specialist. ...Read more

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Nondisplaced subarticular fracture at the weight-bearing surface of the medial femoral condyle with marked surrounding intramedullary edema. What is sonk. I had a trauma should I be worried about?

Nondisplaced subarticular fracture at the weight-bearing surface of the medial femoral condyle with marked surrounding intramedullary edema. What is sonk. I had a trauma should I be worried about?

Unlikely SONK: Sonk would have shown up on mri. You have in essence a big "bone bruise". The natural history is not completely defined but usually resolution without long term problems can be expected. You are the correct age and sex for sonk but that condition is very rare. Keep working on range of motion and follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have fibular tip hair line fracture on right ankle and have boot no weight bearing for 3 weeks. Will I be able to bear any weight after three week?

I have fibular tip hair line fracture on right ankle and have boot no weight bearing for 3 weeks. Will I be able to bear any weight after three week?

Slowly: Yes, you will, but take it easy, especially when you have been non-weight bearing for three weeks. Muscles, tendons, ligaments get deconditioned very easily with splints like your boot. Your doctor may have ordered physical therapy which you should do. Definitely take it slow after the three weeks...You don't want to go to straight to lunges or run a marathon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I sustained a distal tibia fx 10 weeks ago. My doctor says he suspects delayed union of the fracture. Is full weight bearing appropriate?

I sustained a distal tibia fx 10 weeks ago. My doctor says he suspects delayed union of the fracture. Is full weight bearing appropriate?

Yes.: Multiple "old-fashioned" studies years ago showed that casting and weight-bearing lead to a very high rate of union. This method is a little out of favor as it is cumbersome and time-consuming and the union may be with a slight bend in your leg that's permanent. If you have a rod in your tibia this is the preferred method for preventing nonunion if you have screws that allow compression. ...Read more

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Incurred an ankle fracture (bone chips) & torn ligaments 25 yrs ago. Daily pain with any weight bearing activity. How might surgery help?

Maybe: It depends on what your physical exam and xrays show. There are several procedures that may be considered aNd you could consider evaluation with your pmd and or orthopedic surgeon to discuss ...Read more

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Is a cam walker enough support for a 4 wk old avuls. Fracture of distal fib that is still swollen or should I strap as well? Not weight bearing.

Is a cam walker enough support for a 4 wk old avuls. Fracture of distal fib that is still swollen or should I strap as well? Not weight bearing.

Compression bandage: Yes, I think a compression bandage would be a good idea. Unless you have a pneumatic camwalker (ie one that you can pump air into) they tend to be too loose to provide enough immobilization and compression. Since you still have swelling, I think that a compression bandage that you wrap around your foot and ankle every morning and remove every night would be very helpful. ...Read more

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5 weeks ago, spiral proximal fibula fracture causing the majority of ligaments in ankle to tear/rupture. Began partial weight bearing. Full weight?

5 weeks ago, spiral proximal fibula fracture causing the majority of ligaments in ankle to tear/rupture. Began partial weight bearing. Full weight?

Need to clarify: A proximal fibular fracture would be just below the knee, a distal fracture would be at or near the ankle. The tibia is the main weight-bearing bone of the lower leg so you may need a few more weeks at least. The partial weight-bearing may also be due to the ligament injuries. ...Read more

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I had an open tib/fib fracture 7 years ago my dr didn't set my fib because it is a non weight bearing bone. Still have leg pain is it because fib?

I had an open tib/fib fracture 7 years ago my dr didn't set my fib because it is a non weight bearing bone. Still have leg pain is it because fib?

Unlikely: It is fairly unlikely, but not impossible, by now the fracture is likely healed. It is more likely that in the same injury you also injured some soft tissues in the area such as a ligament or tendon. Consider requesting an MRI if you are having trouble with it. ...Read more

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I fractured my left ankle mind communication in talus bone. I m on non weight bearing on foot for 7 weeks cast?

I fractured my left ankle mind communication in talus bone. I m on non weight bearing on foot for 7 weeks cast?

Yes...: Injuries to the talus may take a long time to heal and may need extended periods of immobilization. ...Read more

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How to treat ankle stiffness after ankle fracture? It has been 7 weeks after fracture and doctor has now advised full weight bearing.

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How to treat ankle stiffness after ankle fracture? It has been 7 weeks after fracture and doctor has now advised full weight bearing.

Ankle stiffness: Did you ask your doctor about the stiffness? If not, give him or her a call about it and bring up any other concerns you may have. ...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