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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of A Broken Metatarsal Bone

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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How long should I wear my cast for a broken metatarsal bone in my left foot?

How long should I wear my cast for a broken metatarsal bone in my left foot?

As instructed: You should follow your treating doctor's advice. A cast for a metatarsal may be left on for 4-6 weeks depending on the nature of the fracture, location, and any documented delays in healing. Ask your doctor what the plan is. ...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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Is there anything I can do to strengthen my metatarsal bone after surgery? >

Is there anything I can do to strengthen my metatarsal bone after surgery? >

Follow MD's guidance: Definitely discuss what is activities are safe or not for your particular surgery with your surgeon. In general, most healthy bones heal in about 6-8 weeks. Eating healthy and doing your prescribed rehabilitation will help strengthen your healing bone after surgery. ...Read more

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I am karate player after one moth I have Olympic game important to me. I have metatarsal bone broken how long need and ur advice to quickly recovery?

I am karate player after one moth I have Olympic game important to me. I have metatarsal bone broken how long need and ur advice to quickly recovery?

Bones take 6-8 weeks: Unfortunately, you can't speed that time up. As a doctor our job is to protect you. I don't think participating in your tournament is a smart thing to do. ...Read more

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What are some of the treatments for metatarsal bone fractures?

What are some of the treatments for metatarsal bone fractures?

Cast or boot & rest: Most mildly displaced to nondisplaced traumatic or stress fractures of the metatarsals heal well without the need for surgery. There are a few exceptions, including a specific fracture of the 5th metatarsal called a jones fracture. A boot walker or a cast are often used for treatment, and typical healing occurs in approximately 6 weeks. Crutches may also be used with the cast or boot. ...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?

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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Podiatrist said metatarsal bone dropped. Add metatarsal raise on insole. What caused the drop? Will it go back? How long do I have to wear raise?

Podiatrist said metatarsal bone dropped. Add metatarsal raise on insole. What caused the drop? Will it go back? How long do I have to wear raise?

Contracted toe: The most common cause of a dropped metatarsal is a contracted (hammered) toe. If the metatarsal pad helps it can be made permanent by incorporating it into an insert. The condition can also be corrected surgically. Discuss this with your podiatrist. ...Read more

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What is the best recovery strategy for right first metatarsal bone fusion?

What is the best recovery strategy for right first metatarsal bone fusion?

No weight!: Remain non-weightbearing for a period of about 6-8 weeks or until your surgeon says you can bear weight. Bone takes about 6-8 weeks to heal after a fusion. Good luck! Listen to your doctor 100% of the time post-operatively. ...Read more

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Fractured 5th metatarsal bone. When can I start skateboarding again?

Fractured 5th metatarsal bone. When can I start skateboarding again?

It depend: Some fracture metatarsal need surgery and some need cast for a while, ask your doctor were are you between those. ...Read more

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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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I have really bad pain near the 5th metatarsal bone and the pain is going up my leg to my shin bone. I wonder what it is and is that bad.

I have really bad pain near the 5th metatarsal bone and the pain is going up my leg to my shin bone. I wonder what it is and is that bad.

Maybe a fracture: The 5th metatarsal bone is vulnerable to certain types of fractures. One area in particular is at the base of the bone. There are tendons that insert here, The Peronius Brevis and Longus. These muscles have their origins in the leg and could be causing pain. I have seen many cases of such pain which is usually Peroneal Tendinitis and not a fracture. But you should have it looked at! ...Read more

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I broke the 5 th metatarsal bone in my foot three weeks ago should it still be bruised?

I broke the 5 th metatarsal bone in my foot three weeks ago should it still be bruised?

Possibly: This is not unusual. Ice it to keep swelling down. I would not worry about the black and blue at this point. ...Read more

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What does a 5th metatarsal bone fracture feel like?

What does a 5th metatarsal bone fracture feel like?

Fracture: You would have pain, swelling and discomfort about two to three inches from the tip of your little toe. The treatment is to tape your little toe to the 4th toe for 4weeks and this should help it to heal ...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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How to self examine a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone at home?

How to self examine a stress fracture on the 5th metatarsal bone at home?

That is: Difficult, because non-fracture stress injuries in the same region can have similar signs/symptoms. If you know for sure that you have a fracture, only xrays can demonstrate the healing response. Of course, if your symptoms have resolved, it is healed. ...Read more

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I broke both my feet, 5th metatarsal bone the neck, my right foot being displaced but no surgery, what are my chances of it healing without surgery?

I broke both my feet, 5th metatarsal bone the neck, my right foot being displaced but no surgery, what are my chances of it healing without surgery?

Depends: From the information provided, it will also depend on your age, sex, ability to heal, nutrition status, compliance to instructions (ex. Staying off your feet/cast), smoking, alcohol, etc. Majority of patients will heal fine in 3-4 months time without surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Injured pinky toe 2 weeks ago now there's a small hard lump at end of metatarsal bone near or on top of cuboid bone. What could it be?

Injured pinky toe 2 weeks ago now there's a small hard lump at end of metatarsal bone near or on top of cuboid bone. What could it be?

A couple things: Normally the styloid process at the base of the fifth metatatarsal is prominent, perhaps you just realized how prominent it is with all the attention to that side of the foot. Could have injured the metatarsal at the same time or could be one of the peroneal tendons inflamed. An xray would be of great benefit. ...Read more

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What can cause tarsals, medial cuneiform bone to hurt? Metatarsal bone get numb and muscle hurt? And lateral cuneiform hurt when walking?

What can cause tarsals, medial cuneiform bone to hurt? Metatarsal bone get numb and muscle hurt? And lateral cuneiform hurt when walking?

Go to the podiatrist: The region that you are describing is the midfoot and has too many structures, both soft tissue and bone, that can cause the symptoms you are describing. See the podiatrist. ...Read more

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I had a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone (the base) 50 days ago, I put a cast for 45 days, I still have pain and my ex ray isn't good?

Hard Q: 5th metatarsal bone fracture can be very simple, or a very complicated fracture... Without seeing the xray it is hard to answer your question. In general we think that fracture healing time should take about 6 weeks. If you are not significantly improved by that time, something is not quite right... Talk to your doctor about the options and/or seek a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Its been four weeks I have been in a cast, I have 5th metatarsal bone fracture. I want to remove it before time there is a temporary solution.?

No: 5th metatarsal fractures generally take 6-8 wks to heal. Follow your physicians advice. There really are no shortcuts in fracture healing; additionally some 5th metatarsal fractures ("jones fx.") have a propensity for non- union (fracture does not heal)... Not sure if you have the more common 'base' of 5th mt fx. But follow your md's advice. Best of luck! ...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

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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