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I broke my 1st metacarpal. Will I need a cast?

I broke my 1st metacarpal. Will I need a cast?

Depends: If the fracture does not involve the joint at the base of the thumb metacarpal (i hope you are talking about the thumb!) you probably just need a cast or splint. If it does involve the joint, you may need an operation, as misalignment of this joint surface will predispose you to early arthritis there. ...Read more

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Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more


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I fractured my 5th metacarpal. How long will I need a cast? Does it depend on how bad the fracture is?

I fractured my 5th metacarpal. How long will I need a cast? Does it depend on how bad the fracture is?

Fracture Stability: A cast will likely be applied for a minimum of 3 weeks followed by transition to a splint. However, a variety of options are available and will depend on the stability of the fracture. ...Read more

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Broke 1st metacarpel 7 weeks ago, cast off after 5 1/2 weeks. Have regained full range of motion / discharged. How long before playing goalkeeper ?

Broke 1st metacarpel  7 weeks ago, cast off after 5 1/2 weeks. Have regained full range of motion / discharged. How long before playing goalkeeper ?

Now if pain free: This fracture should be well healed in 6 weeks. The best indication of fracture healing is lack of pain, especially with activity. Start with some soccer goalie drills and see how you feel. Progress to playing from there. It is common to get some soreness when you start to use the hand. Ice and nsaid's will adequately treat those symptoms. ...Read more

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I broke my big toe. Pain is still horrible after a week. Will I need a cast or boot?

I broke my big toe. Pain is still horrible after a week. Will I need a cast or boot?

Broken toe.: Only if the pain is horrible after a week. Just kidding. A broken big toe could require a boot, usually not a cast. I assume xrays have been taken. The great toe is a heavy wt-bearing part of the body and needs to be protected when fractured or broken. If you haven't seen a doctor yet, you should. If you were told that you could be in a walking boot, an ankle walking boot suffice. Amazon. ...Read more

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Broke 4th metacarpal and cut off my cast. Will I be crippled?

Broke 4th metacarpal and cut off my cast. Will I be crippled?

No, but...: If you don't let a fracture heal properly you run the risk of decreased function in your hand and residual pain. Let your doc know you cut it off - maybe they can work with you to find something better or make it more comfortable! ...Read more

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My 14 yr old son broke his metacarpal 3.5 weeks ago.It has been casted from day 1 of break. What are the chances he can get his cast off tomorrow?

My 14 yr old son broke his metacarpal 3.5 weeks ago.It has been casted from day 1 of break. What are the chances he can get his cast off tomorrow?

Ask the ortho: This question requires a lot of knowledge of the break, and a determination of how it's healing. I'm assuming you have an appointment tomorrow to assess this very thing. I would never plan on getting it off by scheduling something he needs it for the next day, but if it's healed well, there's a chance. ...Read more

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Can a cast be put on a swollen hand, i broke the 5th metacarpal and the swelling will not subside .?

Can a cast be put on a swollen hand, i broke the 5th metacarpal  and the swelling will not subside .?

Yes: Cast can be applied but one must be careful and alert for possible cast problems casts are often put on while swollen but swelling will gradually decrease watch out for any numbness in your fingers or changes to circulation. ...Read more

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Thumb/wrist frozen solid after cast removal 2 weeks ago for broken thumb(first metacarpal at the base).Thumb is still swollen/sensitive. What's wrong?

Thumb/wrist frozen solid after cast removal 2 weeks ago for broken thumb(first metacarpal at the base).Thumb is still swollen/sensitive. What's wrong?

Thumb and wrist: See your Orthopedist and have him exam you and take new X-rays and maybe an MRI if indicated. How did you break your thumb and 1st MT??? It might be that you fractured more than your thumb and 1st MC. ...Read more