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Broke 5th metatarsal, if it's a displaced broken bone will it be a lot harder to heal?

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Typically, if the break is displaced, you would benefit from surgery.
Many of the fractures are amenable to minimally invasive means, so id get it evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon.

In brief: Depends

Typically, if the break is displaced, you would benefit from surgery.
Many of the fractures are amenable to minimally invasive means, so id get it evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon.
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry

In brief: Yes

If displacement is significant, then surgical repair may be needed.
Normally he better the alignment, the better the healing and the better the results. Good luck! dr l.

In brief: Yes

If displacement is significant, then surgical repair may be needed.
Normally he better the alignment, the better the healing and the better the results. Good luck! dr l.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry

In brief: Surgery

Displaced metatarsal fractures usually require surgery to heal in proper alignment.

In brief: Surgery

Displaced metatarsal fractures usually require surgery to heal in proper alignment.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle

In brief: 5th MT fracture

In general, displacement of a bone causes the bone to take longer to "bridge the gap".
However, more importantly, you need to know which zone of the 5th metatarsal is broken. Zone 2 breaks/jones fractures have about a 20% rate of not healing.

In brief: 5th MT fracture

In general, displacement of a bone causes the bone to take longer to "bridge the gap".
However, more importantly, you need to know which zone of the 5th metatarsal is broken. Zone 2 breaks/jones fractures have about a 20% rate of not healing.
Dr. Selene Parekh
Dr. Selene Parekh
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Dr. Jack Choueka
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

In general displaced fractures do not heal as well or in as good position as nondispkaced fractures.
This may or may not affect the outcome. In 5th metatarsal fractures healing depends more on the location of the fracture.

In brief: Yes

In general displaced fractures do not heal as well or in as good position as nondispkaced fractures.
This may or may not affect the outcome. In 5th metatarsal fractures healing depends more on the location of the fracture.
Dr. Jack Choueka
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