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Is 3 months to heal a 5th metatarsal fx unusual?

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Dr. Mathew John
Podiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Foot injuries especially a 5th metatarsal fracture can take up to 3 months to heal in most cases.
If your fracture has not healed after 3 months, you may need a bone stimulator to increase the chance of fully healing the fracture. Consult with your foot specialist to make sure your fracture is showing signs of healing.

In brief: No

Foot injuries especially a 5th metatarsal fracture can take up to 3 months to heal in most cases.
If your fracture has not healed after 3 months, you may need a bone stimulator to increase the chance of fully healing the fracture. Consult with your foot specialist to make sure your fracture is showing signs of healing.
Dr. Mathew John
Dr. Mathew John
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Bone fracture should be healed in 6-8 weeks assuming it was treated correctly.
If its at base of 5 th met these are called jones fractures and more often than not need surgery. Talk to your doctor about a bone stimulator.

In brief: Yes

Bone fracture should be healed in 6-8 weeks assuming it was treated correctly.
If its at base of 5 th met these are called jones fractures and more often than not need surgery. Talk to your doctor about a bone stimulator.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Dr. Peter Ihle
if stimulator fails next is a surgical procedure.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not unusual

No, it is not unusual as it can take several weeks to months to heal a fracture.
The full recovery make take longer than 3 months depending on your individual circumstance. Good luck.

In brief: Not unusual

No, it is not unusual as it can take several weeks to months to heal a fracture.
The full recovery make take longer than 3 months depending on your individual circumstance. Good luck.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Sounds like a jones fracture, @ 12 weeks u may have ur md try a bone stimulator, tho a little late now.
If a none union it is a surgical problem with hardware & +/- bone graft.

In brief: Yes

Sounds like a jones fracture, @ 12 weeks u may have ur md try a bone stimulator, tho a little late now.
If a none union it is a surgical problem with hardware & +/- bone graft.
Dr. Peter Ihle
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Dr. Janet Kail
Podiatry

In brief: Depends on activity

If you have good health and good alignment and good fixation it should heal in about 6 weeks, but if there was any type of motion or stress on the bone during healing or if you have a calcium or other health issue such as diabetes, it could take longer.

In brief: Depends on activity

If you have good health and good alignment and good fixation it should heal in about 6 weeks, but if there was any type of motion or stress on the bone during healing or if you have a calcium or other health issue such as diabetes, it could take longer.
Dr. Janet Kail
Dr. Janet Kail
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