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Broke my m#5 in my left foot; what are the dangers of me not getting a cast put on it?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
4 doctors agree

In brief: DANGER=NONUNION

A 5th metatarsal fracture (foot fracture) needs to be treated with good immobilzation otherwise the bones will not heal resulting in a 'non-union'.
A non-union can cause chronic problems for 'years down the road' including pain and swelling.

In brief: DANGER=NONUNION

A 5th metatarsal fracture (foot fracture) needs to be treated with good immobilzation otherwise the bones will not heal resulting in a 'non-union'.
A non-union can cause chronic problems for 'years down the road' including pain and swelling.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Jay Ryan
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dangers of no cast

Due to tendon insertion at this bone, shifting of the bone fragment and/or a delay in healing (3-4 months) is not uncommon if a cast or surgical correction is not performed.
Pain can continue long term if the healed position is not adequate. Its well worth spending time in the cast!

In brief: Dangers of no cast

Due to tendon insertion at this bone, shifting of the bone fragment and/or a delay in healing (3-4 months) is not uncommon if a cast or surgical correction is not performed.
Pain can continue long term if the healed position is not adequate. Its well worth spending time in the cast!
Dr. Jay Ryan
Dr. Jay Ryan
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Depends

Some 5th mt frx heal poorly the jones frx has a pretty high nonunion rate while others heal readily, a dancer frx heals jones dosent.

In brief: Depends

Some 5th mt frx heal poorly the jones frx has a pretty high nonunion rate while others heal readily, a dancer frx heals jones dosent.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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