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Why Is My Fifth Metatarsal Stick Out
Fractured metatarsal: The only way to know is to have a foot xray. ...Read more
Been getting an intermittent deep ache along my fifth metatarsal. Comes in waves but becoming more frequent. What could cause?
NO: I don't think it will. Some type of casting, either fiberglass, plaster, or a CAM boot are usually used initially. One type of 5th metatarsal fracture-the Jones fracture-is more prone to not healing. ...Read more
No trauma, been getting deep ache along fifth metatarsal more frequent now. Comes in waves. What could cause?
Foot pain: Several things may cause foot pain, such as localized arthritis, a muscle sprain, a tendon sprain at that area, gout, etc. Etc. Try rest and an NSAID like Ibuprofen, and see Podiatrist if it continues. Good luck, Hope all is well in the "Electric City" of the lovely Scranton. Best wishes. ...Read more
How do I know if I've injured my fifth metatarsal? I've had pain for a while in that area but am still able to walk though painful
Fifth metatarsal injuries are common. They are either fractures or tendon injuries.
Both hurt when walking, tendon injuries are near the base of the metatarsal and radiate up to the ankle. Fractured areas stay swollen and hurt when touched. Both problems require treatment, I suggest you see a podiatrist for x-rays and examination. ...Read more
This morning I woke up to a stabbing pain at the base of my fifth metatarsal. I was unable to walk properly. However, an hour later the pain was gone.?
What do you suggest if I have broken the fifth metatarsal in my left foot, and I want to finish my basketball season!?
I am sorry--you wiil haveto wear a foot split or cast for 4-6 weeks -- no basketball.
If you are an nba player--maybe you can play through the pain if you are getting a million dollars for each game.
If you continue to play the facture may prmanently not heal and require surgery. ...Read more
I broke my fifth metatarsal sept 8. 2weeks on crutches, 4 weeks in a boot. Bone scan is -. Is it normal to still have swelling amd pain?
When I walk, the upper part of my fifth metatarsal towards my toe really hurts. It feels like a sharp pain, almost like a cut?
Evaluation: I suggest seeing a Podiatrist for an evaluation and getting an X-ray to make sure you have no fracture. ...Read more
Been getting these attacks of bone pain mostly along fifth metatarsal in foot. No injury I can get them while at rest in bed. What's the cause?
Sounds like a tendon: The Peroneus Brevis and Longus insert into the base of the 5th metatarsal. If there is injury or tightness to these tendons, this can bring about pain and spasms. It could also be brought on by gait pattern. Custom orthotics can help give these tendons proper biomechanics balance. Other considerations are stretching these musles in the leg. ...Read more
After having surgery in january for broken foot, fifth metatarsal, I still have alot of pain especially when walking alot. Surgery was in january.?
Need to determine:
How the bone is healing. I assume you have had discussions with your doc? What did they say?
was this a jones fracture? What type of fixation was used? ...Read more
I broke my fifth metatarsal jan21-2013. I had an X-ray monday, shows very minimal new callus. Have to see an orthopedic surgeon. What should I expect?
Bone stimulator or +: Metatarsal fx usually become pain free in 6-8 weeks (clinically healed). Bony bridging of the fracture on xray may take up to 16 weeks. Certain fractures of the base are notorious for not healing (jones fracture). Depending on where the fracture is and if you have any underlying medical conditions that inhibit healing (diabetes/neuropathy/steroids)the doc may require bone stimulator or surgery. ...Read more
I am a 43yo male and fractured the fifth metatarsal of my left foot 4 weeks ago. Swelling is still massive and xrays yesterday show no signs of healing. Should I still have massive swelling after 4 weeks, and why has it not started to heal
Rest?: First, where is the fracture? Certain 5th metatarsal fractures are notorious for poor healing. Are you walking on it? Was a cast or boot applied. Swelling and lack of healing after 4 weeks isn't alarming, but it it's a sign that you might want to take treatment seriously. Fractures heal best when there isn't constant motion across them. If it isn't healed in 12 weeks, try a bone stimulator. ...Read more
See below: Pain and swelling in area are some signs. See podiatrist for complete examination and evaluation. ...Read more
5th metatarsal: It is important that you see a physician and 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. There is a chance that a fifth metatarsal fracture may be a “jones fracture” and have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly so timely medical intervention is key for an optimal outcome. ...Read more
Maybe: Non weight bearing cardio exercises are possible like a ube. ...Read more
Not unusual: At all. You should not be walking unless in protective foot wear like surgical shoe or cam walker. ...Read more
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Syndesmosis is refereed to ligaments connection between tibia and fibula bone in legs.
Fractured is a break. Metatarsal is the bone in the foot. ...Read more
Pain is typically: Pinpoint (or in one spot on the outside of your foot). it hurts to walk on your foot typically the outside of your foot. It will ache when not ambulating, usually in females, middle age and with a distant history of injury. ...Read more
The head of my fifth metatarsal really hurts. It's a sharp pain but there's no swelling or bruising it just really hurts to walk?
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
I broke my fifth metatarsal 8 weeks ago, and there is no sign of healing on my CT. Should I opt for surgery or would a bone stimulator be better?
Depends: This is typically answered based on the patient's health and activity status. Open reductions are excellent procedures for non-healing fractures, however, the patient needs to be in good health (no smoking, diabetes, etc) for it to heal! I usually opt for open reduction internal fixation plus a bone stimulator! ...Read more
Is it possible to have a fifth metatarsal stress fracture for possibly 2 years without knowing or seeking treatment? Or would the pain be unbearable?
Not likely.: I guess anything is possible, but I would think symptoms would develop as the weeks went by. Typically, swelling and pain would limit your ability to function normally. I have had patients continue with their activity, on a reduced scale, and eventually recover, however, in substantially less than 2 years. ...Read more
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
Rolled ankle during basketball - no ankle pain- but immediate pain around base of fifth metatarsal. No swelling/bruising but hurts to bear weight.
5th met base: The peroneal tendon attaches to the 5th met base area. In some severe ankle sprain cases the tendon can pull hard enough to fracture the bone- adulation fracture. Should have an X-ray performed on your foot to confirm if broken or not. Otherwise it's treated like an ankle sprain and you need a brace. Go see your local podiatrist or foot and ankle dr ...Read more
Fifth metatarsal fracture what has happened? Hurt it by falling, it has been almost 3 months, now I have to see an orthopedic doc. Oh and I have osteo
5th MT fracture:
Hi L Strong,
If 3 months old, you probably only need an xray just to confirm an old fracture as the cause and to ensure this was not a pathological fracture due to a secondary, or thin bones etc because you don't state your age. If its 3 mo, the fracture by this stage, if there was one is well healed (6 weeks small bones and 6-12 weeks long bones)so treatment is protective shoe, and analgesia thx. ...Read more
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