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Calcification of the tendon over the 5th metatarsal can't see ortho for 6 weeks pain worse what's normal treatment n risks of no treatment?

Calcification of the tendon over the 5th metatarsal can't see ortho for 6 weeks pain worse what's normal treatment n risks of no treatment?

If you can't find : Ortho sooner than that, try a podiatrist. A cam walker boot is something to try...immobilization may help reduce your pain. ...Read more

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What to do about a metatarsal stress fracture that still has pain, redness, is warm,, and still swelling into week 10 of treatment (boot, etc.)?

What to do about a metatarsal stress fracture that still has pain, redness, is warm,, and still swelling into week 10 of treatment (boot, etc.)?

Reconsider diagnosis: If you are still standing and walking on it a lot, you could conceivably still have a stress fracture that has not healed and may need to go to crutches and no weight bearing. But the other possibility is that the initial diagnosis is not correct. There are conditions that have initially been misdiagnosed as a stress fracture before correct diagnosis made. ...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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The top of my foot in the middle has been hurting all day. It's between metatarsal 1and 2. What could be wrong and what treatment could I do at home??

The top of my foot in the middle has been hurting all day. It's between metatarsal 1and 2. What could be wrong and what treatment could I do at home??

A few things: Metatarsalgia is pain in the metatarsal heads, but other issues such as arthritis, nerve inflammation (neuroma) or stress or overuse injuries ( including tendinitis, stress fractures) can cause pain in the ball of the foot. Try resting, take an over the counter antiinflammatory (such as ibuprofen or naproxen) and make sure your shoes have enough cushion and support. If this doesn't help, see a Dr. ...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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What is the treatment for a fractured 2nd metatarsal of the foot.

What is the treatment for a fractured 2nd metatarsal of the foot.

See doc; get X-ray: It is important that the fracture be diagnosed and evaluated by x-ray. Depending on the location of the fracture as well as the extent of displacement, it will dictate the treatment protocol. Being that it is the 2nd metatarsal and crucial with weight bearing, i suggest you do not delay going to see the doctor. See a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Will it help to have 2nd xray? Nothing on first. Possible first metatarsal break. Wrapped with postop shoe. Will treatment change? swollen/bruised

Will it help to have 2nd xray?  Nothing on first. Possible first metatarsal break.  Wrapped with postop shoe.  Will treatment change? swollen/bruised

Likely no: because metatarsal fracture treatment is just immobilization too. If the fracture is so small that it does not show up on x-ray, it will probably heal in due time, probably 4-6 weeks. Ask your orthopedic surgeon for specific advice in your case. ...Read more

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What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal? Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal?  Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

Varies: with the degree of buckling and the proximity to the growth plate. There are two types of buckle fractures, one involved just a single segment of the bony cortex and buckles on one side. Another involves the entire circumference or two sides and buckles in in more than one location. There are differing degrees of risk to the growth plate with each with continued mobility. If there is not obvious compromise of the growth plate, treatment can be a short leg walking cast for 3 weeks. Any complications involving the growth plate may require more aggressive treatment including surgical. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone?

What is the treatment for a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone?

Stress fracture: Hard sole shoe or walking boot. May need period of rest, nonweightbearing, & crutches. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

What is the treatment for a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal bone?

Varies: Protected walking in a CAM boot or no weightbearing at all depending on the location of the injury within the bone. ...Read more