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Did an MRI of the right foot & found out I have a fracture of the third metatarsal on my foot. How long is the healing process, what can I do to help.

Did an MRI of the right foot & found out I have a fracture of the third metatarsal on my foot. How long is the healing process, what can I do to help.

Mgt: Typically the healing process can take 6 weeks. Supplemental calcium and vitamin D3 may help.
Your orthopedic specialist can provide the follow up appt in a few weeks, or as indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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When I walk the head of metatarsal hurts really bad like a sharp pain. There's no bruising or swelling. Could it be fractured?

When I walk the head of metatarsal hurts really bad like a sharp pain. There's no bruising or swelling. Could it be fractured?

It could be: If you are an active person or you had a misstep while walking recently, it is possible to have a stress fracture. But, it could also be an inflammation related to sprain or arthritis or some kind of soft tissue injury. Examine your shoe first. Apply Ice, use an insert, anti inflammatory and if not improvement, see a doctor. ...Read more

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In general how can you tell the difference between a fracture and a bruise of the metatarsal?

In general how can you tell the difference between a fracture and a bruise of the metatarsal?

Fracture: X-rays and possibly CT scan can differentiate. Bruising is painful and may need splinting and protected weight bearing just like a fracture ...Read more

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Does using Arnica gel help heal a 5th metatarsal fracture bruising etc? What about the pill form?

Arnica: Arnica won't heal a fracture or a bruise. It can help keep inflammation down, which will lessen pain. It is derived from the Mountain Daisy. ...Read more

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I have swelling and bruising on my instep after a possible stress fracture on my 5th metatarsal; can these be connected? What is causing the swelling?

I have swelling and bruising on my instep after a possible stress fracture on my 5th metatarsal; can these be connected? What is causing the swelling?

Yes: Stress fracture, just like any other fracture causes swelling and bruising. The difference is that stress fracture results from over uses and pressure on the bone versus other fractures that are usually caused by trauma. Treatments of most of the foot fractures including stress fracture is immobilization along with compression, rest and elevation. ...Read more

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Fracture of metatarsal base in foot & sprain on 12/16/2012. Put in hard cast until 1/30/2013. Still have bruise on top of foot. Normal?

Fracture of metatarsal base in foot & sprain on 12/16/2012. Put in hard cast until 1/30/2013. Still have bruise on top of foot. Normal?

Yes: Bruising or hematoma from the injury fracture can take several weeks to months to resolve as deep injuries may time to resolve. You may have some residual swelling from the fracture healing with localized discoloration for several months. ...Read more

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How long does bruising last after a compound fracture?

Compound fracture is: Not used anymore. The classifications are open: where the fracture breaks the skin, or closed. Comminuted means many pieces. The bruising from all fractures resolves according to the amount of blood in the area, the more energy used to cause the fracture the greater the damage, so longer to resolve. The picture is of a closed, angulated junction of the distal/middle shaft of both bones, forearm in yng ...Read more

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How long should bruising last on a broken bone in the foot?

How long should bruising last on a broken bone in the foot?

It varies.: It varies from person to person and other factors, such as nature of the injury, etc. A typical range could be 2 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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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

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I have a sprained left foot, in the area of the third metatarsal. I want to know what I can do and how long should I wait to exercise.

I have a sprained left foot, in the area of the third metatarsal. I want to know what I can do and how long should I wait to exercise.

Rest, ice, compress: The standard treatment for a sprain is to rest from aggravating activity, ice, compress, and elevate to reduce swelling. You should use crutches and keep weight off of it until bearing weight is no longer painful. Ice at least twice/day for 15-20 minutes to help decrease pain & swelling. Compress with a wrap, etc. Elevate it above the level of your heart (i.e. lay flat w/foot up). NSAIDs for pain. ...Read more

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I've an Avulsion Frcture of 5th metatarsal 9 days ago, bruising almost gone, no pain foot can go flat to floor, should I try to walk without my crutch?

No: This fracture is in a spot that can be reinjured easily as the tendon attachment is there. Bone takes 6-8 weeks to mend even though it may not hurt. Follow the advice of your surgeon carefully. ...Read more

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Why should I elevate my jones fracture in 5th metatarsal and for how long?

Jones fracture: If you have a true jones fracture, this may take up to 8-10 weeks to heal. It depends as well on the amount of displacement of the fracture.
Elevating your foot really means to not walk on it.
It is usually best to operate on it and place a screw into the bone for stability and increased chance of healing. ...Read more

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How long tell I can return to playing basketball after a 3rd metatarsal fracture cast comes off?

How long tell I can return to playing basketball after a 3rd metatarsal fracture cast comes off?

MY TREATMENT: After I take the cast off, if there is no pain at the fracture and x-rays look ok, I'd put you in a tennis shoe and see you in 10-14 days. If doing ok, return to sports ok. ...Read more

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I have a fracture of the distal aspect of the fifth metatarsal bone, since 18th of Sep. Its been painful again the last 3 day's, do I need to worry, it has been 6 weeks.

I have a fracture of the distal aspect of the fifth metatarsal bone, since 18th of Sep. Its been painful again the last 3 day's, do I need to worry, it has been 6 weeks.

Get it checked: In six weeks it should have almost healed and there should not be painful again. I will suggest you get it checked and xrayed to find out why it ia started hurting again ...Read more

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I have metatarsal fracture in my foot and I was wondering how long till I can put weight on when I walk? It's hurting bad when I walk

Varies: It varies in part on the exact location of the fracture. That being said, most metatarsal fractures are well healed by 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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I fractured my 2nd metatarsal and had cast off 3 days ago. My foot seems very swollen and I can feel a lump where the break was, should I worry? How long can it be like this, very painful when walking

I fractured my 2nd metatarsal and had cast off 3 days ago. My foot seems very swollen and I can feel a lump where the break was, should I worry? How long can it be like this, very painful when walking

Fractured bone: After wearing a cast for a fracture, there is a lump of bone called a bone callus that can sometimes be felt overlying the fracture. Your Orthopedist or Podiatrist should discuss with you post fracture Physiotherapy to help reduce the pain and swelling. ...Read more

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What could cause pain of the left third metatarsal of my foot?

What could cause pain of the left third metatarsal of my foot?

Metatarsal: There are a number of things that can be happening from a stress fracture, to tendon sprain, to a bone bruise. Seeing a foot and ankle surgeon is helpful. ...Read more

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I had 4 metatarsal head resection in jan. Now am getting callous on third metatarsal. Dr. Says bone regrowth. Is that possible?

I had 4 metatarsal head resection in jan. Now am getting callous on third metatarsal. Dr. Says bone regrowth. Is that possible?

Bone growth possible: Yes. I believe you are speaking of a callus beneath the 3rd metattarsal. Bone re-growth is possible after surgery. An x-ray should be taken to see the orientation of the lengths of mets 2 and 4, with respect to the 3rd. If the 3rd metatarsal is longer than the second, it will bear more weight causinf a callus beneath it. An accommodative orthotic can be fabricate to alleviate this problem. ...Read more

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Can you get a red line/ mark on your foot that stays longer than the bruise if it is fractured?

Can you get a red line/ mark on your foot that stays longer than the bruise if it is fractured?

Potentially: Bruising represents bleeding into an area of soft tissues and usually resorbs over a 10-14 day period. A fracture takes usually 6-8 weeks to heal and may be associated with an ongoing inflammatory process during that time. ...Read more

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How long can it take an avulsion fracture in the 5th metatarsal to heal?

Six: To eight weeks if surgery is necessary it can take 12 weeks. Bone simulators can help. ...Read more

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I fractured my 2nd 3rd and 4th metatarsals 6 wks ago. Dr told me to start bearing weight as tolerated with airboot 2wks ago. I have been getting painful muscle cramps in my calf mostly when I put weight on it. Is this normal? Why? For how long?

I fractured my 2nd 3rd and 4th metatarsals 6 wks ago. Dr told me to start bearing weight as tolerated with airboot 2wks ago. I have been getting painful muscle cramps in my calf mostly when I put weight on it. Is this normal? Why? For how long?

Probably typical: After being in a boot for an extended period of time, calf muscles often become tight and can spasm when "waking up" and contracting more frequently. A physical therapy and home rehab program will very likely help overcome atrophy and inflexibility. Ask your doc about starting a rehab program and these symptoms should fade. If I can help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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I had a fracture of the distal aspect of the fifth metatarsal bone, On 28 Nov it was fixed. How long do I walk with the special shoe given to me?

Ask your surgeon: He/she will likely say 8-12 weeks depending on the healing process. Follow directions carefully as you don’t want chronic problems. All the best. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wear an air cast after a metatarsal fracture?

Time in air cast: You must stay in the cast as long as your doctor instructs you to. Patient's have variable healing times and needed to be followed with x-ray. It will only benefit you to stay in the cast until told to remove it. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a stress fracture of the metatarsal goes away?

How long will it take for a stress fracture of the metatarsal goes away?

Approximately 6 week: Pain can go away before this time but on average take 2 weeks in either direction. I am a big fan of making sure vitamin d levels are within normal range after dignosing someone with a stress fracture. Over 90% of the time I fing them to be deficient or insufficient. ...Read more

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I have a fracture in my 2nd and 3rd metatarsal. The break is small, and I'm in an air cast. Any sense of how long my recovery will take?

4+ weeks: Most non displaced fractures will be fairly comfortable in 4 weeks or so, but you'll probably be stiff and somewhat achey for another month or two. A general rule is 75% healing at 8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fractured rib take to heal on a 1-2 month old infant? And would there be any physical signs such as bruising on the skin?

How long does it take for a fractured rib take to heal on a 1-2 month old infant? And would there be any physical signs such as bruising on the skin?

Red flag: I must know whether this was an injury sustained during birth, and whether the diagnosis is made by a trusted radiologist. A rib fracture in an infant is deeply concerning for inflicted trauma. I would discuss this with a trusted physician / child health care team. Often we do not truly know even those closest to us. For your sake & junior's, address this. ...Read more

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I have a fracture in ring finger, wearibg solint for two days. No bruising, just swelling, how long will it take to heal?

Finger fracture: It depends on location of the fracture. Some need 3 weeks some need 12. You really need an Orthopaedic surgeon to advise you after looking at X-rays. ...Read more

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If I go ahead with this surgery to remove the bone re-growth on the third metatarsal, is there any guarantee it won't re-grow again?

Never a guarantee: If the bone re-growth is causing pain and interfering with normal function, then you should go ahead. However, with your history of an inflammatory arthritis like psoriatic arthritis, there is no guarantee that a re-growth can be avoided. ...Read more

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How long does it take the 2nd metatarsal bone to heal. Its not broken or fractured. It happen almost 3 months ago & it still hurts alot?

Metatarsalgia.: What happened almost three months ago that causes your foot to hurt? Why would you expect it not to be hurt or fractured? The healing time can vary with the conditions that are causing the pain. Give us just a little more detail. ...Read more

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3 months ago I fractured my 5th metatarsal on X-ray it still looks broken. Still in a boot. I've seen four different and four different thoughts. Still uncomfertable. How long could this take to heal?

Varies: It varies based upon where it is broken on the metatarsal. One type of fracture of the 5th metatarsal is known as a jones fracture and is notoriously hard to get to heal, even to the point we will often fix them early with a screw just to get it taken care of quicker. ...Read more

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Fractured 5th metatarsal bone. How long until I can start skateboarding again?

Fractured 5th metatarsal bone. How long until I can start skateboarding again?

It depends: On where the fracture is, how extensive it is, and how it is treated. It might take you 6-8 weeks before you can start riding again. Ask your treating doctor what is recommended for you. ...Read more

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Tripped down the stairs last Saturday. 2/3 metatarsal bruised and swollen. Blue/ brown. Hurt immediately still hurts now. Is it fractured??

Be seen: It is difficult to say, but it would be wise to be seen and thoroughly evaluated including a probable xray to rule out a fracture. ...Read more

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I have a Metatarsal fracture and it really hurts when I put weight. How long is it going to be like this? And what's the best to do to help it?

Rest and patience: A metatarsal fracture will take 8-12 weeks to heal like most bones in the body. Initially, reduced weight-bearing, ice and elevation for the first couple weeks helps reduce pain and start the healing process. Progress of healing should be monitored by your orthopedic surgeon with x-rays. Some require surgery if healing doesn't progress as expected. Increase calcium intake to 2 gm/daily x 2 mon. ...Read more

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Dancer's fracture a year ago followed dr.'s orders. Still sore if I stand too long or do any lengthy walking. No swelling or bruising. Should I go back?

Yes: Fractures should heal with proper care with the length of time you have already experienced. Pain is not normal. Hope this information helps, if so, please vote for me. Thanks! ...Read more

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I have an avulsion fracture of my 5th metatarsal-not jones. I am a primary school teacher - on my feet all day +stairs! How long should I be off work?

I have an avulsion fracture of my 5th metatarsal-not jones. I am a primary school teacher - on my feet all day +stairs! How long should I be off work?

It depends: First you need to make sure your foot is protected in a cast or walking boot (cam walker) to protect the foot. Bone healing can take about 6 weeks before you are able to resume normal ambulatory activity in shoes. Sometimes, depending on the injury you might need to keep weight off the foot and use crutches for 2-3 weeks. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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When I don't walk on my foot it's fine. It's my left foot on my left side in the middle. Hurts to add pressure when walking long. Fracture or bruise??

Eval for stress fx: Pain that increases when weight bearing in concerning for injury or stress fracture to the underlying bone and warrants a through evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon to obtain X-rays and correlate imaging findings with examination findings. ...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


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