Fracture Base of 5th Metatarsal Right Foot

by Rhea
(Arvada, Colorado)

I broke my 5th metatarsal right foot 4 days ago.I'm a single mom & I have to work,I have no one to help me! Is there a special boot or shoe that I can wear to allow me to work/walk without cructhes while I have this fracture. I have been cleaning my house w/out my crutches & I wiggle my toes. I also strained my right ankle, I really need advice.


HELP!!

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Apr 24, 2016
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by: Anonymous

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Apr 24, 2016
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Herbal cure by Dr Eitan NEW
by: Anonymous

This courageous man, Dr. Eitan is a healer, pathologist, herbalist, biochemist and naturalist, who immigrated from Jerusalem and who has committed his life to the service of helping people cure their diseases. In essence he teaches his patients how to use nature to take care of their bodies. i want to inform the public how i was cured from (HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS) by Dr. Eitan, i visited different hospital but they gave me list of drugs, Zovirax, and Valtrex which is very expensive to treat the symptoms and never cured me. I was browsing through the Internet searching for remedy on HERPES and i saw comment of people talking about how Dr Eitan cured them from ALS, CANCER, HERPES, DIABETES and so on... when i contacted him he gave me hope and send a Herbal medicine to me through courier service that i took and it seriously worked for me, am a free person now without problem, my HERPES result came out negative. I pray for you Dr. Eitan. Am fully cured. you can also get your self cured my friends if you really need my doctor help, you can reach him now: dreitanhealingcentre212@gmail . com THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP TO CURE MY (HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS)AM SO GRATEFUL!

Apr 06, 2016
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Stairs w the Boot NEW
by: Anonymous

I was told "down with the bad, up with the good"- meaning that when you go downstairs lead w your bad foot. When you go upstairs lead with your good foot. Try to take it easy and get some rest!

Apr 06, 2016
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Bad foot leads. NEW
by: Anonymous

My physical therapist told me to always lead with your bad foot. I'm not sure what the reason was for it, but he said it was especially true once you start healing and are using stairs. Maybe it's because you propel off the bad foot quickly and then can put more weight on the good foot.

Apr 05, 2016
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my boot is to big. will it effect my healing. and do i put weight on my bad foot first or my good foot first.. i,m on walker and boot NEW
by: Anonymous

i,m on a walker and have boot up to my knee,when i start to walk do i use bad foot first then my good foot. also my boot is to big will it effect the healing...help i,m 73 and this is so painful

Nov 17, 2015
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Boot to bed NEW
by: Anonymous

Anonymous,

It depends on the fracture, the doctor and the patient. My first doctor (an orthopedist) put me in a boot and told me I should wear it in place of a cast and wear it to bed. He said the advantage is I can take it off for a few minutes a day, whereas the cast does not come off. His advice was wrong. My fracture was all the way through my foot and I needed a cast. I tried the boot and hated wearing it in bed. It was very heavy, much bulkier and more uncomfortable than the cast. My second doctor (podiatrist) casted my foot, and while I wasn't in love with it, it was more comfortable than the boot. I wore the cast 24/7 and had it on for six weeks. I was much better off with a cast. FWIW, my podiatrist told me with a 5th metatarsal, a boot cannot replace a cast and I should have been casted from the beginning. If your fracture is not severe maybe the boot will work, so try it and if you are not happy get a second opinion.

Nov 16, 2015
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sleep with boot on or not NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi.
I have fractured the 5th metatarsal on my right foot near the base. Doctor gave me a boot, but I forgot to ask if I need to wear it when I sleep. Any advice?

Jul 12, 2015
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Exogen - a response NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm the poster that posted about my success with the Exogen bone stimulator. Yes it's true that your doctor needs to prescribe and also that your insurance needs to cover it (out of pocket its upwards of $2k). I didn't start mine until several weeks after my injury but it still worked great. So if you don't have it right after the injury but can get it within a matter of weeks or a month it will still help you a lot. I think the prescription/insurance coverage really depends on the type of fracture. For my displaced avulsion fracture (and I imagine for a Jones fracture too) there is bad blood flow and therefore they can make the case that it won't heal well on it's own, and therefore this is a way to avoid surgery and give it a booster so that it heals without surgical intervention. A relative of mine fractured her ankle and requested this stimulator and was told by doctor that she doesn't need it. So I do think it depends on the doctor and on the type of fracture.

I'm looking to sell my exogen machine if anyone is interested. It's had somewhere around 40-45 uses and the company guarantees it will work for up to 150 uses, so it's still got plenty left in it. Let me know if you're interested. You can find them on eBay and such if you can't get a script.

Jul 07, 2015
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Exogen? NEW
by: Anonymous

I looked up the Exogen Bone Stimulator as someone posted about great success using it. The only thing is, according to the website you must have a script for it. So unless you are able to get it in advance of your injury then you are at the mercy of whoever is treating you when the trauma occurs. Sadly, if you have a fracture not every doctor is going to be receptive if you tell them the treatment you want. It is good to know that the previous poster had so much success and was able to find a fine podiatrist who suggested this treatment. But now that I know how terrible this type of fracture is, I would want to get it in advance. Amazon sells it used, but it is not the same one that I saw on the Exogen site.

Jul 07, 2015
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Healed...but warning NEW
by: Anonymous

I posted earlier that I am healed. For the most part I am. But after today, I have a warning for all out there who are going for physical therapy. If you need it, by all means, go. But STOP the minute you are back to your old activities and when you are no longer in pain. Don't rely on your physical therapist to tell you.

Rusk is very good. Years ago, when I went to Rusk for therapy they told me when I was healed that my therapy was complete, and that I did not need to return. The place I went to this time does not inform you. My gut told me I'm totally healed and it is not necessary to go back for therapy today, but I had one more appt. and went anyway (I wanted to cancel and should have). My physical therapist pushed me too far today. During the massage he did it way too hard and applied too much pressure. I told him to stop and that it hurt - he said it was because my muscles were tight. At one point he pulled on my toes (why??) and I heard a small crack coming from my little toe. I became quite upset. He said it's fine; that it was like when you crack your knuckles and not to worry; that nothing is broken. But I came home with soreness, pain, numbness and tingling going up my leg. And it's still not feeling like before. Now I am hoping he did not cause a new problem.

The moral to the story is, if your physical therapist will not tell you when your therapy is over, listen to your gut. If it ain't broke anymore, there's no need to continue fixing it.

Jul 07, 2015
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Great News! Bone Stimulator Worked! NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm the previous poster from June 18 who posted about success using the Exogen Bone Stimulator. Great news is after less than 9 weeks, the doctor says my bone is almost 100% healed.You really couldn;t see any evidence of the fracture on x rays. I used the bone stimulator for about 6 of those 9 weeks. He said the healing was months beyond what he would normally expect at this phase. I can resume walking in regular shoes, showering standing up, driving (its my right foot), etc.

Doctor also said he doesn't think I need physical therapy and just to start building up to my normal routine again, and wait about 3 weeks before starting lower body stuff at the gym. I am thrilled. From what I had read and heard from many people, it would take at least 3 months to get to this point. Granted I am a healthy person in my early 30's, and I'm sure that helps. But really thrilled with this progress.

For those with fresh injuries, highly recommend you ask whether your insurance will cover the bone stimulator. It worked really well for me. And I also did everything the doctor said - stayed off of it for 6 weeks no weight bearing, used the boot for about 2.5 weeks, no risky activity.

Good luck to all of those still healing. There is a finish line and you will get there soon and it will feel great. Thinking back 9 weeks ago, when I was told in the ER that I needed surgery...and now I made it through with no surgery and lots of patience.

Jul 06, 2015
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Fracture Base of 5th Metatarsal Right Foot NEW
by: Anonymous

Sorry its me again. I meant that you should try to avoid re-injuring the fracture!

Jul 06, 2015
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Fracture Base of 5th Metatarsal Right Foot NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Rhea

I commiserate with your plight.
Depending on your type of fracture, your doctor may allow weight bearing with an aircast boot immediately. This will allow you freedom of movement (initially with a crutch but as you get better, you may be able to ditch the crutch altogether, albeit not as agile as before. I certainly had no problems moving around the house, stairs as well as go in to work. I have the misfortune of suffering from broken 5th metatarsal, on both my left and right foot separately. Feb last year when I broke the 5th metatarsal of my left foot, I went to A&E and was sent to a conservative orthopaedic surgeon who told me non-weight bearing for 2 weeks and would have continued with that treatment if I had not changed surgeon after the 2nd visit. He said he was unhappy with my progress because the swelling had not gone down (which means circulation is not good and can cause delay in healing) as I had not elevated the foot enough (but neglected to inform me that elevation means placing the foot higher than my heart during my first consultation with him, I did elevate by putting my foot on a chair when sitting, apparently this was not good enough!). Upset at losing 2 weeks of healing time, I changed doc.
The second orthopaedic surgeon whom I saw, put me into one of those air walker (air cast) boots and from entering into the clinic in a wheel chair, I walked out on my own 2 feet - it was such an incredible feeling of freedom!
The wonderful thing about these walker boots is that it also provides compression to the injured foot and actually helps circulation. When I wear the boots I have reduced swelling and reduction in bruising. After 2 weeks in the aircast (by then week 4 since first injury) I was transitioned into a hard soled shoes which I kept on for another few months. I have made full recovery and am able to walk for miles (up to 10 miles sometimes) without any problem. Over time (by the 3rd week for me), I felt less pain and could put some weight on the injured foot, just for balance (not full weight). Incidentally it was shortly after that when the doctor told me that I was ready to get off the cast (your doctor will tell you when you are ready.
4 weeks ago I slipped on the bottom rung of the stairs and broke the 5th metatarsal of my right foot this time. Because I still had my old cast boot, I wore it to see my orthopaedic surgeon. This round I had a bad displaced fracture mid-shaft and required surgery to affix screws. I had the surgery done the day after injury and have been allowed to walk with the aircast boot all along (the beauty of the boot is that it takes the weight off the foot by using the heel to walk). I was also able to come off painkillers after day 3 post-op and although on certain days I may feel a twinge and pull of the stitches at the operation site, because, I did not adjust the air pressure of the shoe properly, I actually do not feel any pain whatsoever, not from the operation nor from the fracture. (My stitches came off 12 days after surgery). My surgeon explained that I will feel less pain once the fracture was aligned, which was the case post surgery. I didn't feel any pain from my last fracture the moment I was in the aircast. This time round despite having the aircast, I experienced significant pain pre-surgery, which my doctor explained, was because the facture was misaligned. So no 2 fractures are alike.
I am very disciplined with the aircast. I only take it off for bed and strap the foot with bandage for sleeping. When I get out of bed, I immediately put on the aircast (I joked with my mum that I use it as one would a prosthetic leg - with it on I can do anything, without, I couldn't even walk!). My doctor trust me to know when I need to stop and is happy for me to move about as much as I want without restrictions as long as I don't feel any pain.
I am back for my review tomorrow and hope to transition into my hard soled shoes after that as my surgeon asked me to bring along the other side of my hard soled shoes.
One word of advise, if you are put into an aircast boot, try to find a right heel height shoe for the other foot, when you are on the same sole height, walking is much easier and more comfortable. You also stress the hips less when both feet are on the same level.
Good nutrition is also very important when recovering from fractures. I made sure I start with a good breakfast everyday including eggs, fruits and carbs to provide protein and took lean protein at each of my every meal. I ate lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as well and although I am 50 my healing was within normal time spectrum. The body needs a lot of energy to heal a fracture. My doctor also put me on calcium and vitamin D supplements.

Wishing you a speedy recovery without any complication. Try reinjuring during recovery stage and time should heal a fracture.

Good luck & take care.

Jun 18, 2015
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For Rhea NEW
by: Anonymous

For Rhea,

I am the 60 y.o. woman who posted below, and I suffered my fracture one year ago, and it was a bad one, all the way through my foot. I had a 3rd degree ankle sprain with it.

You did not provide a lot of details in your post about your injury. What type of fracture do you have (Jones, spiral, avulsion)? Did you get x-rays and an evaluation by either an orthopedist or a podiatrist? What did your doctor tell you about the extent of your fracture? All of these are important.

A 5th metatarsal is a slow healing fracture, and there are many options for treatment. See below; someone is doing very well using the bone stimulator. You may need to find some type of assistance because doing any type of housework or physical activity right now can potentially make the situation worse. What type of medical insurance do you have? Can you possibly go out on disability leave, even for just a couple of weeks?

If it is a very mild fracture you may be able to use a boot and walk on it. Whether you can work is really something you need to talk about with your doctor. Hopefully, you can get help at home (home health aide).

All the best to you,

Bonnie

Jun 18, 2015
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Wonderful news NEW
by: Anonymous

For the last post: That is wonderful news, and I have heard that the bone stimulator is the way to go for many of these fractures. I did not have it; I'm hoping it will be added and a commonplace adjunct to foot fractures in the future. So many doctors do not prescribe it, and I am a big believer. Wish I had it at the time, because I was not walking for many months due to pain because I was *slow to heal*. So glad to hear you are on the mend!

The scooter: It was recommended for me, too. I could not use it because I was unstable on my good knee and felt like the scooter did not give me the safe control I needed. Going from room to room, the scooter felt like it was getting away from me, and too fast, and my knee hurt. Maybe it was fear, but I felt just to go around the house it made more sense to use a walker, and that's what I did. I could not lift myself with crutches, either. The walker was my standby while I was in the cast.

Also, an additional factor is age. If you are young and your bones are stronger (and you are athletic) you will probably heal faster. As a woman of 60 and post-menopausal (which means less estrogen) I thrilled with my progress... The only good thing about an injury like this is that we all now have knowledge, and I know I will be very careful in the future about my foot. No more crazy jumps after walking 4 miles and dancing, all in one day!

Jun 18, 2015
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Highly recommend Exogen Bone Stimulator NEW
by: Anonymous

An update - I posted on May 19th about my recent avulsion fracture in 5th metatarsal. I'm now 6 weeks out from accident and have transitioned from non-weight bearing in a removable fiberglass cast to weight bearing in a boot. I've been in the boot a few days and it's great to be able to walk again although I'm still in a good amount of pain when putting weight on it (no pain when not weight bearing).

My doctor perscribed the exogen bone stimulator and I received mine about 2 weeks after fracture and have been using about a month. When I got my x-rays this week the doctor was thrilled at the result and said that I'm healing ahead of where he would expect. The bone is filling in and looking great. He credits much of this to the bone stimulator.

My insurance did cover it (with about a $90 out of pocket fee). I believe many insurance providers will cover it for 5th metatarsal fractures because they are slow to heal and bad blood flow. Definitely try to get one - especially toward the beginning of your healing. They say it can speed up healing by 30-40%.

Even though I'm in pain and the skin on my foot is peeling and disgusting from being in the cast, I'm feeling great because I know I'm making big progress. I'm already able to walk around the house a bit without crutches (in the boot). And thrilled that my doctor was so happy with my progress at 6 weeks with a displaced fracture.

In addition I've been taking calcium and vitamin d supplements and increasing my protein. Appreciate other recent posters who have posted helpful ideas on nutrition. I say do whatever your doctor says, stay off it, let it heal, eat well, and stay positive. And the bone stimulator really worked for me.

Jun 18, 2015
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One year anniversary, and healed NEW
by: Anonymous

Special thanks to FreshGuru for posting those excellent links.

Yesterday was a special day for me, a *bad* anniversary of sorts. It was one year ago on June 17, 2014 that my 5th metatarsal fracture happened. I was simply walking on a flat floor and my ankle turned. At that time, I was misdiagnosed with only a 3rd degree ankle sprain - the fracture was missed on the initial x-ray! I walked on it for two weeks not knowing. When the pain became unbearable it was re-xrayed and diagnosed right.

My fracture was really severe. It was a spiral fracture in my right foot, 2 inches long and all the way through my foot. I was treated by an experienced podiatrist who did everything right. I wore a cast for 6 weeks followed by a boot for 2 more weeks. I stayed off my foot completely, and was homebound in a wheelchair. Then, tons of physical therapy. I still go once a week, just for maintenance but that will end soon. Yesterday I saw my podiatrist and got x-rayed just to see if it's ok. The bone is totally remodeled. I am so grateful. He actually was concerned that I would need surgery back when it happened.

Finally after all the suffering, I thank G-d I can drive, and walk again. A couple of weeks back I attended an art show in Greenwich Village and was able to walk throughout the event, must have walked about 2 1/2 miles and even made it to Washington Square. I also am able to walk around the park again at a normal clip without pain. Life is not perfect; sometimes if I walk on an incline, or if there is rain in the forecast, I have soreness and aching in the foot. That's from a touch of arthritis that developed.

My earlier posts described my square-dancing, and I hope to go back to dancing now.

My point is, everyone posting here will heal. It takes time, faith, patience, and a good vitamin and mineral regimen. It is VERY important to stay off your feet for the time your doctor says. Eat a lot of quality high protein foods because it helps remodel bone. In addition to calcium and magnesium, Vitamins C, K, B6, Phosphorus, and very important is Silicon. I took two supplements and doubled up on them. They speeded my healing. My supplements: http://www.maxihealth.com. Look for "Cal M-D" and "Maxi Mineral Complete."

Sadly, there are no short cuts to this. My doctor said a 5th metatarsal fracture is even slower healing than a broken ankle, because of the lack of blood flow. So be patient, people.

Good luck to everyone in this forum! :)

Jun 18, 2015
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5th metatarsal fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

Broke my 5th metatarsal in March 2015, avulsion fracture at base. Was put into a hard cast for about 3 weeks non weight bearing. Then I got the boot for approx. 4 weeks slowly working my way up to bearing all my weight. I then transitioned to my regular shoe with very little trouble. It has been almost 14 weeks and I have only minor occasional ache that does not last long and only if I've been on my feet for quite some time. I feel very fortunate that I have healed so well and as quickly as I have. I read so many horror stories online. I feel so badly for others who have had so much trouble. Other than following my podiatrist's advice I took, and continue to take, a calcium supplement.

Jun 17, 2015
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Speed healing of bone fractures NEW
by: FreshGuru

Hi - great to read all these comments. I was keen to see what else I could do from a nutrition viewpoint and found this piece titled "speed healing of bone fractures" insightful - more calories, foods to focus on, vitamins needed.

http://purelynutritious.com/2013/10/26/speed-healing-of-bone-fracture/

This site states no HTML so I'm not sure but maybe these links won't work.

http://www.betterbones.com/bonefracture/speedhealing.pdf

While mine is a minor fracture my concern is how long I ignored it. After about 4 weeks I stood on my feet for 8 straight hours - that evening my right shoe no longer fit; next day saw a doctor, then xrays, then boot and now searching out more info. Thanks to everyone who is posting with their experiences.

May 26, 2015
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avulsion fracture NEW
by: Kate

Fractured my 5th metartarsal 8 weeks ago, avulsion fracture
at the base also known as dancers fracture.
Been in boot non weight bearing for 6 weeks with a little weight bearing the past few weeks but not much as its been sore so trying to rest as much as possible. Been walking on it gradually the last few days and seems to feel better but still having little bit of pain still. I'm hoping that it is healing and will find out in a few days at physio. If all is good can wear normal shoes again so fingers crossed as I have a 4 month old baby and has been extremely frustrating.

May 19, 2015
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Week 2 of 5th Metatarsal Avulsion Fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I fractured my 5th metatarsal (avulsion fracture). Was told in ER that it was a Jones Fracture and that I would "definitely" need surgery. Obviously that news was not well received. They referred me to a specailists and I went two days later to a highly rated podiatrist, who is on Med School teaching staff at an ivy league university. He and two others (an ortho friend of my fathers and a podiatrist friend of mine) looked at x-rays and said it was actually an avulsion fracture at the base of 5th metatarsal.

He put me in a hard cast that is removeable and perscribed a bone stimulator. Ever since I have been jumping over hoops with insurance to get the bone stimulator and looks like I'll get it tomorrow. Hoping this will do some good. Was told I'll be in the hard cast 5-6 weeks minimum with no weight bearing, followed by several weeks in a walking boot.

Feeling frustrated with this long healing time. Especially b/c I live in a 4th floor walk up apartment - it's so difficult to get in and out of the house and I'm going stir crazy at home!

Would love to hear any positive experiences with the bone stimulator and whether that sped up recovery. Also, I'm considering adding calcium supplements and other vitamins to my diet, but tend to have a sensitive stomach w/that sort of thing. Any recommendations for brands or types that are more gentle on the stomach?

For those struggling with non-weight bearing, I hear the knee-scooter is amazing. I don't have one b/c insurance won't cover it, but thinking of getting one anyways, as it's so hard to not be able to even bring a glass of water from the kitchen to the table.

Any experience with 5th metatarsal avulsion fractures, healing time, etc?

May 13, 2015
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Fed up with my painful 5th Metatarsal fracture 😱 NEW
by: Sarah

I'm so glad I found this site as I'm so fed up, in cast, in pain still, am very grumpy and being non-weight bearing at moment having to give myself anti-clotting injections every day tops it all! 💉💉

My Story......so far 👩🏼
I have Hypermobile Joints and my ankles especially have always "given" ever since I can remember!
• On 24th April 2015 my weaker ankle ligament "gave" just as I was stepping down steps into the lounge. I went flying heard a "crack" hoping it was the wooden step not me - landing heavily on my back on the rug!
• dog came rushing over and my son had his buddy sleeping over upstairs so I hopped very unsteadily and got upstairs going backwards on my bum!
• oh did I mention the agonising pain, mega swelling and instant black bruising of my foot before my very eyes?!? 😫😫😫😫
• so rest, ice, compression and elevation followed that night.....
But NO sleep 💤💤💤 as sooo painful , 💊💊💊💊 gratefully taken, with much muffled crying 😭😭 as not to frighten my dear son calling periodically from his bedroom - "are you ok Mummy? Does it hurt much?" 🙉🙊🙈
More to follow..............😱🚙🏥♿️🔮💊💊😔💊💊😖💊💊🛁🔍



May 05, 2015
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Fracture my Right 5th Metatarsal foot NEW
by: Eric

Hey guys can you help me out. Tomorrow will be 4 weeks since I fractured my 5th metatarsal and I was just wondering when I walk on it, it doesn't hurt but when I grab it or step on something it hurts, is it still healing. I need HELP please!!!!!

Apr 29, 2015
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For Kate NEW
by: Elizabeth

Hi Kate,

I don't know if you'll see this, but I thought it was worth a try since your comment was so recent. I'm recovering from a Jones Fracture myself and looking for input from someone who has been there. If you're willing, shoot me an email at emgriff@umich.edu - thank you!

Apr 15, 2015
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Don't give up! NEW
by: Kate

I am a veteran having had two jones fractures in each foot in the last 4 years. I am fortunate because I have a great doctor who laid it all out when the first fracture happened. He said no weight bearing, cast or boot...may not heal but could. OR surgery getting a screw put in and staying off it for 6 weeks or until it heals. I said what would you do? He said surgery definitely.
I didn't want to mess around with the boot or a cast when it might not even heal. I had surgery and did fine. I now have screws in both feet and have healed well. My right foot aches when I walk a lot. I have to back off when it does. It is the most recent one...about 2 years ago. But overall I am thrilled with the results as I could not walk on the fracture at all and the pain was intolerable. I have an orthopedic doctor that works on every kind of injury and that's all he does. I have faith in him and he's not a knife happy surgeon. He gave me the facts, showed me the X-rays and MRI and then told me when asked what HE would do if he were me. He was fine with me choosing the boot/cast process but I could see that it would be a waste of time if it didn't heal and this injury is difficult because blood flow in the fracture area is restricted.
Bottom line, my advice...go to a good ortho doctor.
Short story...I sat in the waiting room of my doc's office and I happened to talk to a lady who had had a terrible car accident and nearly tore her right arm off. All the other ortho doctors said no way could it be saved and my doc was the only one who told her he would try but no guarantees. The surgery was very long and complicated.
Well, he did save it! She had her arm in a sling and the feeling was returning to the arm slowly. She and I talked about how much this orthopedic doctor had done for both of us.
So find a good doctor. Go online, check ratings, ask around at college sports teams which doctors they use...they know who's good.

Apr 15, 2015
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Don't give up! NEW
by: Kate

I am a veteran having had two jones fractures in each foot in the last 4 years. I am fortunate because I have a great doctor who laid it all out when the first fracture happened. He said no weight bearing, cast or boot...may not heal but could. OR surgery getting a screw put in and staying off it for 6 weeks or until it heals. I said what would you do? He said surgery definitely.
I didn't want to mess around with the boot or a cast when it might not even heal. I had surgery and did fine. I now have screws in both feet and have healed well. My right foot aches when I walk a lot. I have to back off when it does. It is the most recent one...about 2 years ago. But overall I am thrilled with the results as I could not walk on the fracture at all and the pain was intolerable. I have an orthopedic doctor that works on every kind of injury and that's all he does. I have faith in him and he's not a knife happy surgeon. He gave me the facts, showed me the X-rays and MRI and then told me when asked what HE would do if he were me. He was fine with me choosing the boot/cast process but I could see that it would be a waste of time if it didn't heal and this injury is difficult because blood flow in the fracture area is restricted.
Bottom line, my advice...go to a good ortho doctor.
Short story...I sat in the waiting room of my doc's office and I happened to talk to a lady who had had a terrible car accident and nearly tore her right arm off. All the other ortho doctors said no way could it be saved and my doc was the only one who told her he would try but no guarantees. The surgery was very long and complicated.
Well, he did save it! She had her arm in a sling and the feeling was returning to the arm slowly. She and I talked about how much this orthopedic doctor had done for both of us.
So find a good doctor. Go online, check ratings, ask around at college sports teams which doctors they use...they know who's good.

Apr 01, 2015
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by: Anonymous

My son broke his 5th on both foot, 1 of them twice. He had surgery on both and has a screw holding them. We were told to monitor his vit D levels and add supplements. Even with supplements he struggles to stay in the low 30's. The bone stimular is helpful and rest, but mostly patients to let it heal.

Apr 01, 2015
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by: Gwen

I broke my 5th metatarsal on December 20th, 2014. I spent 8 weeks in the boot, no weight bearing. Then moved to a walker with little weight bearing until I could walk. After 3 months my 5th metatarsal is still broken, no callous formation at all. Had a CT and now I'm back off my foot and have a bone stimulator on the fracture before they go the surgery route. That will be for 10 to 14 weeks 24/7. I pray it works as I really don't want to have surgery. I have no help so I'm sure that the times I have walked on the foot to tend to my dogs, I have two large rescues and 3 fosters, when I had to didn't help any. That and I'm 57 years old. Good luck all.

Feb 28, 2015
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Fracture 5th Metatarsal left Foot NEW
by: AnonymousPirula

I broke my 5th metatarsal 6 weeks ago. Dr. put a cast and said that I had to rest and keep the foot elevated all the time and use crutches, which I did, I have a wonderful husband and he is taking care of everything in the house. 2 weeks later i went to see him, took took X-rays and the bone is healing. He put a new cast for 2 more weeks and will change it again. A couple of days later I notice that when I would bring my foot down it would get almost purple all the way up to the knee, and swelling more then before. I called him and he said he needed to see me. He removed the cast because it was doing more harm then good and said to keep it elevated and gave a boot to use it along with the crutches when I need to walk ; also gave some exercises to promote circulation and movement on the foot and toes and will see me in 2 weeks. The is less swollen but still the redness on foot and leg is the same, which is what worries me the most because I think that maybe I got an infection or it's going to stay like this forever? Or I'm going to have circulation problems in the future? with the addition of numbness and burning sensation on the sole and where the fracture area . I don't put weight on the foot 90% of the time but sometime I don't wear the boot if I'm just walking a few steps, I put the weight only un the left heal. The boot is heavy and since it's higher then the sneaker that I use on the good foot, it gives me back pain. I don't see much improvement; I'm supposed to go back to work in one week but I don't see how I can wear shoes or winter boots, I live in Boston and the world knows how much snow we are getting this winter therefore sneakers are out of the picture. I would appreciate your comments

Oct 30, 2014
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Complications after healing? NEW
by: Anonymous

I posted last on October 18. I've been keeping up with all the posts and of course some have had it worse than others. My heart goes out to Alayna who had the propeller accident. I pray that you heal quickly, and I'm sure you will. You are young and have many wonderful years ahead.

I am now 60 years old, and still have complications from my fracture. I've had three independent opinions from podiatrists who say it's healed. But I can't bear weight fully without discomfort and aching. I can't go foot over foot down the steps. And I can't walk outdoors on the hard pavement without at some point using the cane. And I'm still walking very slow.

Physical therapy seems to be the general consensus. But I sure miss waking 2 miles per day and dancing. Then again, it could be worse. It's good to have a forum like this.

Oct 24, 2014
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by: Emy

Ten weeks ago I snapped my fifth metatarsal at the shaft clean in two, was NWB and stuck in a cast at the same time of starting a new job - navigating the tube in London quite frankly...awful. I had to travel around for the new job as well and wanted to make a good impression - what a joke! Upshot is I went to have it Xrayed again yday - non union. So now I am going to have a bone graft from hip and surgery. I wish to god I'd been advised surgery at the start - it is minimally displaced. A 6-8 week recovery period has turned into a 6 month saga basically, and now I have been signed off work entirely.

Would say - don't be a hero, get all the advice you need. Even if you're young you might not heal alone - i think my doc assumed as I am non smoker, a marathon runner (!) and 30 that I would be fine. But this bone is a stubborn one.

I am now terrified it just won't work. i know others have far worse injuries but I can't stop thinking about never running again. Or walking properly. ARGHGGHGHH. Are there any exercises I can do in between surgery? Grateful for any advice. A great forum, thanks.

Oct 19, 2014
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by: Alayna Clark

Since everyone else is telling there stories I thought I should too! So obviously if you are reading this you too have had issues with your fifth metatarsal. So about five months ago in May, I was hit by a boat propeller while in the water. I shattered my fifth metatarsal and had to get over 40 stitches. I am only 16 so not being about to play my high school sports has been a huge issue. With it being my right foot I couldn't drive, I had to have a hard cast for 2 months and it changed almost every week because of my stitches I got so bored over my summer break so I swam! I agree with everyone that has suggested this! It's also perfect for gaining that strength back in you leg!

Oct 18, 2014
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Problems NEW
by: Anonymous

I posted earlier. I broke my 5th metatarsal in June, oblique fracture. My cast is long off, boot off and now I've been trying to walk. Every time I put pressure on my right foot I am in serious pain. I can't walk down the steps foot over foot. So I am very upset. My doctor said I needed physical therapy and I began recently. Yesterday my physical therapist said I can lose the cane. But without it, the pain becomes worse, mostly on top of the foot But it seems the pain is increasing. Sometimes, when I walk I hear little cracking sounds from the top of my foot. What's really scary is that back in June I was able to walk up and down the steps foot over foot, and it was broken then. Now it's healed and I can't

Oct 17, 2014
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by: Ardy

Broke my 5th Metatarsal in July 2014. Three months later and still not healed. Just had my 3rd X-Ray today. I do heal slowly, but am frustrated it is taking so long. Have been wearing Robo Boot, using cane, crutches and wheelchair, so trying to be proactive with this. I can't go out shopping or dancing and am getting cabin fever. I guess I will have to use the crutches 100% of the time and just "stay off my foot" until it heals. Bummer because I have stairs in my house.
I am taking extra calcium pills and rubbing Trammile on my foot.
Not sure what else to do.

Oct 17, 2014
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by: Ardy

Broke my 5th Metatarsal in July 2014. Three months later and still not healed. Just had my 3rd X-Ray today. I do heal slowly, but am frustrated it is taking so long. Have been wearing Robo Boot, using cane, crutches and wheelchair, so trying to be proactive with this. I can't go out shopping or dancing and am getting cabin fever. I guess I will have to use the crutches 100% of the time and just "stay off my foot" until it heals. Bummer because I have stairs in my house.
I am taking extra calcium pills and rubbing Trammile on my foot.
Not sure what else to do.

Oct 17, 2014
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by: Ardy

Broke my 5th Metatarsal in July 2014. Three months later and still not healed. Just had my 3rd X-Ray today. I do heal slowly, but am frustrated it is taking so long. Have been wearing Robo Boot, using cane, crutches and wheelchair, so trying to be proactive with this. I can't go out shopping or dancing and am getting cabin fever. I guess I will have to use the crutches 100% of the time and just "stay off my foot" until it heals. Bummer because I have stairs in my house.
I am taking extra calcium pills and rubbing Trammile on my foot.
Not sure what else to do.

Oct 07, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I also jumped for joy, thinking I was on the bottom step, landed badly on a twisted foot and realised I'd miscalculated; result, badly sprained ankle and broken fifth metatarsal. More pain than I can tell you. Hospital put me in a plaster cast for four weeks, Xray at the end of this time showed hard callus formed-this means the bone has begun to heal well. Soft tissue took a few weeks longer but I did recover; I'm 57 so the bones aren't young, but now one year later I'm back to dancing.
My advice; don't resist the treatment. Time will pass. The inconvenience of a cast is better than prolonged injury. Rest, get everyone else to help you out; this is your time to take your health seriously. eat well, take supplements...and don't smoke; that's the one thing that delays healing!

Oct 07, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I also jumped for joy, thinking I was on the bottom step, landed badly on a twisted foot and realised I'd miscalculated; result, badly sprained ankle and broken fifth metatarsal. More pain than I can tell you. Hospital put me in a plaster cast for four weeks, Xray at the end of this time showed hard callus formed-this means the bone has begun to heal well. Soft tissue took a few weeks longer but I did recover; I'm 57 so the bones aren't young, but now one year later I'm back to dancing.
My advice; don't resist the treatment. Time will pass. The inconvenience of a cast is better than prolonged injury. Rest, get everyone else to help you out; this is your time to take your health seriously. eat well, take supplements...and don't smoke; that's the one thing that delays healing!

Oct 03, 2014
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First my Right 5th MT, now my Left - Wow NEW
by: David

Hopefully my story will help other, and help me...to deal with my, just 5 hours ago, freshly broken left 5th Metatarsal.

To those of you pondering boots, "some" weight, etc - let me start off by telling Everyone that on June 28th of THIS year 2014, my Right 5th Metatarsal broke in the dreaded Jones fracture location, almost at the shaft, but just inside the jones Zone 2 area. It was an 80% break, a sliver of the bone was still connected on the interior, helping keep the bone aligned.

I was out of the hard cast on Aug 4th, and I went to Europe walking 5 to 10 miles per day for 2 weeks starting Aug 20th.

What Everyone needs to understand is that there are common 3 types of 5th Metatarsal Fractures (break, broken, etc all the same)(as well as 2 far less common types which cause extreme issues but very uncommon): Many are Avulsion fractures at the rear of the bone where the joist is - these heal without casts relatively fast.
Many are Jones fractures - These are the ones where blood supply is extremely limited and healing is thus delayed.
Then there are "stress" fractures...unfortunately most descriptions of stress fractures mention "sports"...however Jones fracures commonly occure during sports. The stress fractures are long-term slow-to-progress fractures.
Jones and Avulsion fractures happen in an instant. "Snap" "Pop" OUCH!
Many people with Avulsion fractures NEVER know they happened, the foot bruises hurts for 2-3 weeks, they can walk, and carry on...in pain, and they heal with no treatment.
Attempt that with a Jones fracture and you will be in deep trouble besides NOT being capable of bearing weight after a few solid tries. You will fall over.

Fast-Forward to today...POP - my left 5th metatarsal broke...my right one, arguable still healing but basically fine, doesnt hurt a bit. I turned incorrectly and shifted my weight during a game of BB and my foot curled and the bone popped.

I will be doing a hard cast tomorrow. I will have that hard cast split "bivalved" a few days later, and I will velcrow that cast into place for the next 6 weeks.

I will bear NO WEIGHT on that foot AT ALL for a minimum of 4 weeks, and after that ONLY when I need to re-position myself such as switching spots sitting. I WILL be using a knee scooter again. And I believe I will have this foot capable of bearing weight in 6 weeks from today. until then...I need to sit back, and accept the fact that attempting to "cheat" or walk a little here or there will simply cause me to re-injure the fragile bone repair and extend my healing time by 2, 3 4X.

DO NOT BEAR WEIGHT on a Jones or Stress Fracture for a minimum of 4 weeks, 6 weeks better and 8 weeks preferable.

Of course this is in no way medical advice, however if you do have a jones fracture, Im sure any doctor who is knowledgeable about them may say no eight for even longer periods.

BTW - if you can, get an Exogen 2000 with less than 100 uses on it - i used one from week to week 9 - I believe if assisted in helping speed healing. Cut a hole in my cast to use it because it uses US gel.

Wishing all you and myself GOOD LUCK and GOD SPEED

Sep 24, 2014
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Dealing now NEW
by: Anonymous

I Broke my 5th Metatarsal (Jones Fracture) about 2 months ago. Went 1 month in cast, No improvement. Had Surgery last week and am on my way to healing. I can only tell what i have noticed and have read above and i Completely agree with the Ekneewalker its a great way to get around and get things done around the house. I was feeling completely useless for my Family (wife and 2 kids)
then the scooter came and i was able to do some chores and help out more. It was a spirit booster as well.
Secondly, I had a screw inserted to repair the fracture and the first 3 days are hard especially the nights. Pain is excruciating and it will feel as if it is moving from the Incision, to the screw, to the ball of the foot. Its normal but painful.
My advice is to bypass the cast. I know it feels like losing a battle but the more time you waste on hoping for the cast to work the longer you will be laid up.
Good Luck to all and i hope this post added some insight.

Aug 27, 2014
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Soccer injury
by: Anonymous

I think you should ask your foot surgeon if you can move your toes around in the boot. As for sleeping, I am wearing an air cast boot right now after wearing a cast for six weeks. My doctor told me to sleep in it, and I do. I only take it off every other day to change the sock I wear under it. But you really should ask your doctor about your protocol. Everybody is different. :o)

Aug 27, 2014
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Soccer Injury
by: Anonymous

Hello

I broke my left 5th metatarsal and got surgery on it last
Friday, I was put on a walking boot for 3 weeks with no weight put on it for that time. My question is...

Will it affect my healing process if I took my boot of and sleep without it? Also is it bad to move my foot and toes slowly around? Will all this have an affect in not healing my bone?
Thank you all for reading! Be safe

Jul 17, 2014
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Msg. for Bat Mitzvah
by: Anonymous

If you want to go to your event I would strongly advise you get your foot casted now. I had the boot for two weeks and there was NO CHANGE. The fracture did not heal. Also, you DO NOT want to put any weight on the bad foot right now. Use crutches, a walker and hopefully you have someone to assist you. Read my posts below about how I've been through the boot. It didn't work. And even if it did work in your case, do you want to risk missing such an important event? The cast is not so bad. I say go for it.

Jul 17, 2014
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Broke 5th two days ago
by: Anonymous

Broke my fifth metatarsal two days ago and in so much pain. The orthopedist put me in the boot and told me to put a little weight on it. My daughter's bat mitzvah is six weeks from now what are the chances that I will be wearing heels? Any chance?

Jul 16, 2014
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Done it on both...
by: Anonymous

Hi all,

I broke my 5th on my right in 2007 - was in a cast for 16 weeks, and had to have it pinned.... back in cast for 4 weeks, then light walking with crutches for a further 4 - 6 MONTHS on crutches.... so you can imagine my heartache when 10 weeks ago, I did the exact same break on my left foot!!! Typical 'Jones' fracture... however, I did a lot of research with my first and found an astonishing fact the nearly 80%+ of Jones fractures require surgical intervention...

So.... given my history with the first foot, I pushed for a pin immediately, and 2 weeks after the break, i was in! I then had non weight bearing for4 weeks, and (bad physic) no cast or boot.... unprotected, but didn't walk. Following appointment (at 6 weeks) said I could light with crutches on heel, then I went back week before last, to find that the bone had only just started to knit, and there was still a gaping hole!!!!! I am so glad I pushed for the pin, as I would still be in plaster now. I have been tole another 6 weeks from that last appointment for full knit....... BUT am allowed to walk without crutches but strong shoe, and keep foot flat etc....

With these breaks, it is the worst blood flow in the body, and toxins build up where you aren't walking, but do try and rest as much as possible..... or, research your break.....

Jul 15, 2014
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Prayer
by: Anonymous

Grace, this is the woman who wrote "Jumped for Joy" post earlier. I agree with you about prayer and that G-d is the ultimate source of our healing. I've been doing a lot of that too. I can tell you doctors have their limits. When my first X-rays were taken I was told my foot wasn't broken! So I went home and walked around and did chores as usual, probably making it worse. Then I went to an orthopedist who took more x-rays and he told me the news that the 5th metatarsal was broken. But he treated me wrong - he gave me a boot. Bad idea. If you are going the traditional route, the way to do it is with full casting.

The fact is, the best doctor to see is a podiatrist when it is your foot. They can do surgery, and they are more skilled. An orthopedist is a generalist and is only doing the protocol that they know.

It was the podiatrist who told me the boot was the wrong treatment. So, I had my ankle taped up for one week (wrong treatment) followed by the boot (more wrong treatment). My podiatrist said casting, and I'm in a cast now.

The one thing he and the orthopedist said is to stay off the foot. Use a walker, wheelchair and/or crutches but not put weight on the foot. Are you really ready to go back to work? Do you have family members helping you out and the emotional support you need?

Have you thought about getting a cast? These fractures heal slowly. The cast is uncomfortable but not unbearable. Is home treatment really enough? Only you know what's best, but I know I want to get well. I am a dancer and regret missing all the dancing this summer, as well as the outdoor concerts I had planned.

Take care, and keep praying and I hope we all get well soon, whatever the treatment.

All the best,

Bonnie



Jul 15, 2014
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Pray
by: Grace

Normally I don't go on sites but have been laid up for past 2 weeks, and just came across this site. I broke 5th metatarsal bone while playing basketball on 2nd of July. Had another player step on it while I was slowly running, and ended rolling it. Heard cracking sound and thought that doesn't sound too good. Hobbled a bit and got ice onto it after about 15-20 minutes.

Long story short, saw dr, next day as foot was hurting and swelling and couldn't walk without pain, had xray, back to dr and was told the news. I didn't want cast or boots, as this was suggested, but opted to strap and rest, and review. Have also now got crutches also to help me move a few metres here and there. Generally though, I just sit and read ... and read ... and read(and at the moment go on the internet and, as you can read, post a comment).

Anyway, I'm needing to go back to work in less than a week. Not looking forward to this, as need to be on my feet for most of the time. Can only try, and of course other workers and boss won't be too happy if I have too much problem, or even if I need time off.

Whether I will see an orthopedic specialist later on, I don't really know, as I don't think the original dr knows that much herself about these sort of breaks (with all due respect).

Anyway, the point of why I am writing here, was that I have decided to do something else regarding assisting the healing process and to give me a peace of mind (and maybe so I can smile more), that is, and I have not read it on any of the previous comments (not to say it hasn't been done): But I have decided to pray. Yep, you read it right. I am going to pray to God (that is, the God who is spoken of in the bible, as I believe He is there and not silent).

Some may laugh, and even get angry at this comment and dismiss it as "oh, what good will that do?"; but in all honesty, the reality is, I have nothing to lose and much to gain.

I think drs can do a good job, and be very helpful at times;and of course others, as I have read in some of the comments, may have probably done a bad job; but their knowledge and understanding is limited. The human body is an amazing thing (and, as someone who is generally out of the house and up and about, I've read a fair bit on this in the past week or so while sitting here!!!), but God is the great Architect, Physicians and Saving God, so I will keep praying that He will heal me quickly, but if not, help me see that it is for a good reason that I am laid up - for however long that may be.

I'll keep you posted.



Jun 26, 2014
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Even up
by: Janet

This is amazing looks like a srap you put around the sneaker on the okay foot
Hight is same as boot, made my life so much better
Four weeks now out of big boot and into sandal book some height as a regular sneaker
My ortho doc gave it to me

Jun 26, 2014
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Even up
by: Janet

This is amazing looks like a srap you put around the sneaker on the okay foot
Hight is same as boot, made my life so much better
Four weeks now out of big boot and into sandal book some height as a regular sneaker
My ortho doc gave it to me

Jun 26, 2014
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Even up
by: Janet

This is amazing looks like a srap you put around the sneaker on the okay foot
Hight is same as boot, made my life so much better
Four weeks now out of big boot and into sandal book some height as a regular sneaker
My ortho doc gave it to me

Jun 26, 2014
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Correction to my post
by: Anonymous

I made a typo - when I was dancing last month I jumped up and landed on my feet, did not fall at that time. The fall happened afterward. I fell last week, about 3 weeks after the impact when I was dancing. Sorry for the mistake.

Jun 26, 2014
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Jumped for joy, not happy now! :o(
by: Anonymous

I am a 59 y.o. woman. Last month while I was dancing I jumped up and fell, and felt a sensation in my right right foot from the impact but it seemed ok afterward. I never should have done the jump, I jumped for joy while dancing and soon joy became misery. Last week I suddenly fell. I did not hear a break. But my right foot broke in two places, a long break in the 5th metatarsal and another small fracture near my big toe. In addition, my foot is sprained. I am now using and cane and wearing the boot. The boot is brutal for me, because I have have complications from severe scoliosis with a fused spine and a broken rod in my spine. I have had this boot on for only one day and it is already killing my back. I'm off balance because I don't have another shoe high enough to even out my gait, buying one today.

My doctor told me to wear the boot 7/24 including while sleeping. Is this normal? Everyone I spoke to said you don't sleep with the boot. In addition, my "good" foot - the left one - went into painful spasms while I was trying to go to sleep yesterday. The toes on my left foot suddenly stuck together and I couldn't separate them. Eventually they separated but when I stood up it felt like my foot wasn't totally flat; felt like a ball was under my left foot, and my big toe looks like it is out of position. I am really scared that the weight from the boot on my right foot is causing my left foot to mis-align, and if that foot broke I'd be helpless. I don't know what to do. My doctor prescribed the boot for 6 weeks, and sleeping with it is terrible. Did anybody here have to sleep with the boot? Should I get a second opinion?

Also, I also stopped taking my vitamins months ago because of money issues. I was taking fish oil, glucosoamine, chondroitin, Vitamin D and CoQ10. I'm very upset. Thanks so much for any help and advice.

Jun 22, 2014
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Jones 5th Metatarsel Break
by: Dave in Arizona

Broke mine in the "Jones" area...but looking at the X-Ray and comparing to serveral web sites written by docs, it looks like its in Zone 3, not 2, so further forward than Jones...regardless.

Got Hard Cast friday mid-day. fine thru yesterday mid day...today mid-day (48 hrs) and my ankle which had Zero pain, is now killing me, worse than the pain from the fracture...which initially HURT LIKE !@#$.

Was told 3 weeks in hard cast, then probably 3 more.

Im getting bouts of tingling in my toes now...im thinking my ankle may be swelling up for some reason...I keep it elevated when possible.

My concern is ive read a lot of forums where there was no significant/none healing in those 3 weeks...Im almost just willing to start a bone stimulator.

this blows, and I feel for all you others. I never thought 1 tiny bone could cause such a big issue.

Tip for everyone - ditch the crutches and get the knee scooter...yeah its $30/week rental, or $200 to buy one. Most people spend more than that on junk food, beer, cigs etc...the crutches were a joke especially when trying to go to the store...

Jun 13, 2014
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vitamins
by: Anonymous

to several posters below, regarding vitamins,

I'm not sure why someone below said to 'consult the doctor' before taking vitamins...I mean no offense but upping your vitamin D, calcium and zinc is hardly going to be damaging in any capacity. frankly anything the doc is 'prescribing' is far more dangerous than taking too many of a naturally occuring vitamin...typically if you have too much of most vitamins your body will simply excrete the excess; or the level of toxicity is so high you'd have to swallow three bottles of say copper in one sitting to cause any damage. so seriously chill out with the 'doctor knows EVERYTHING' bc thats a load of bull when it comes to 'non western' pills in general.

next, to the person below who is only 21 and had 4 weeks without a union - I know its late but for future reference do NOT drink milk. Milk (particularly from cow's, way less so w goats) actually inhibits calcium absorption. yes I know that sounds contrary to all the government subsidized ads you've seen for milk and 'strong bones' over the last 6 decades since the war; however its quite true.

if you want vitamin D and calcium, which you should for your bones, focus on dark leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, spinach and almonds for example are a great source. you have to pair this with vitamin K - the body's regulator of calcium, which you can get from again a variety of vegetable sources.

the milk argument is almost dead to anyone who's done their due diligence on proper health. one day we'll look back and remember the time when Americans were duped into thinking overweight/overcrowded sickly animals and their 'byproducts' were part of a 'healthy' diet;

I'm not saying dairy or meat is inherently bad, I'm just saying know where your food is coming from. If a cow is pregnant nonstop (ie NATURAL hormones are through the roof) and is being milked 300+ days a year whilst literally standing shoulder to shoulder in its own shit, do you really think the cow's milk going to be a 'healthy' thing for you to ingest? if it looks gross while its being made its probably going to do gross things to your insides if you ingest. (source 10 million years of evolution)

Nov 22, 2013
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Curious to see how all are doing?
by: TOG465

I suffered a fifth met fracture on Oct 5th in a football game. I spent 4 weeks in a cast NWB and have been in a boot simce with WB as tolerated. My foot still is sore, gets severily discolored, and swells like crazy. I also have some numbness which I feared was a bout of CPRS. After the cast was removed, i noticed my ankle was killing me. Something I had not noticed post injury. I am hoping it is only tendonitis or the like. How are my fellow 5th meters doin?

Oct 13, 2013
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my son
by: Jody

I wrote early about my son- 16 years old, he broke his 5th in November of last year, had the screw put in in January because it was slow healing. he was healed and was given the go ahead to return to playing sports in school. he re-broke the same bone with the screw in it, this time he was none weight bearing for 10 weeks in a plaster cast, we had 3 additional doctors look at it. All said it is extremely rare that it re-broke after the screw in put in. The doctors did a lot of blood work testing. His Vitamin D level was dangerously low.(we live in Wisconsin) the normal ranges is 35-100, his was "14". We added 6000 ml of Vit D suppliments to his diet, his levels are now 41. My son has returned to playing football- offensive and defensive linemen (he is 6'7" and 290lbs), he has a bone stimulator that he uses everyday for 3 hours even tho he is "healed".
My recommendation is get several opinions, check you Vit D levels, look at your diet- eat health food, get out in the sun.
If surgery is needed it is the best option, it really is not a difficult surgery and the recovery is much easier. talk to your doctor before you add any vitamins- my son is a large kid and could handle the high levels, get a blood test.
I hope I was helpful!

Oct 12, 2013
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Help!!!!!
by: Anonymous

So I'm a young and healthy 21 year old. Broke my 5th metatarsal 4 weeks ago. I am in college and am barely making it to classes with crutches. I do drive with the boot to get to school like 5 mins there and back. I broke it dancing when I jumped and landed on it wrong. Have been in a boot and no weight bearing since. I went for my 4 week checkup. He said he sees no healing at all. I was so upset. I have been taking Vitamin D and drinking lots of milk. My whole leg from my knee down is very very cold. Like compared to my other leg there is a noticeable difference. My mom(a nurse) was concerned. The doctor says he isn't concerned about it at all. The doctor threw out possible surgery because it isn't healing. I have a phobia with needles and medical things to the point that I had a panic attack and they had to lay me down because I pretty much fainted. He says that we will wait two more weeks to get to the 6 weeks mark and see if there is any healing. He thinks it is a slim chance though. At that point he said he thinks surgery would be an option. I want to avoid it at all costs. I don't want surgery. I read about people using those bone stimulators. I am hoping to get one and try that instead. I hope I can get one. I don't know why the doctor wouldn't prescribe something like that instead of screws and plates. I want and need a nonsurgical cure. I can't deal with this. Is it likely the bone stimulator would work??

Oct 12, 2013
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It won't heal
by: Anonymous

So I'm a young and healthy 21 year old. Broke my 5th metatarsal 4 weeks ago. I am in college and am barely making it to classes with crutches. I do drive with the boot to get to school like 5 mins there and back. I broke it dancing when I jumped and landed on it wrong. Have been in a boot and no weight bearing since. I went for my 4 week checkup. He said he sees no healing at all. I was so upset. I have been taking Vitamin D and drinking lots of milk. My whole leg from my knee down is very very cold. Like compared to my other leg there is a noticeable difference. My mom(a nurse) was concerned. The doctor says he isn't concerned about it at all. The doctor threw out possible surgery because it isn't healing. I have a phobia with needles and medical things to the point that I had a panic attack and they had to lay me down because I pretty much fainted. He says that we will wait two more weeks to get to the 6 weeks mark and see if there is any healing. He thinks it is a slim chance though. At that point he said he thinks surgery would be an option. I want to avoid it at all costs. I don't want surgery. I read about people using those bone stimulators. I am hoping to get one and try that instead. I hope I can get one. I don't know why the doctor wouldn't prescribe something like that instead of screws and plates. I want and need a nonsurgical cure. I can't deal with this. Is it likely the bone stimulator would work??

Oct 12, 2013
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It hasn't healed Yet
by: Anonymous

So I'm a young and healthy 21 year old. Broke my 5th metatarsal 4 weeks ago. I am in college and am barely making it to classes with crutches. I do drive with the boot to get to school like 5 mins there and back. I broke it dancing when I jumped and landed on it wrong. Have been in a boot and no weight bearing since. I went for my 4 week checkup. He said he sees no healing at all. I was so upset. I have been taking Vitamin D and drinking lots of milk. My whole leg from my knee down is very very cold. Like compared to my other leg there is a noticeable difference. My mom(a nurse) was concerned. The doctor says he isn't concerned about it at all. The doctor threw out possible surgery because it isn't healing. I have a phobia with needles and medical things to the point that I had a panic attack and they had to lay me down because I pretty much fainted. He says that we will wait two more weeks to get to the 6 weeks mark and see if there is any healing. He thinks it is a slim chance though. At that point he said he thinks surgery would be an option. I want to avoid it at all costs. I don't want surgery. I read about people using those bone stimulators. I am hoping to get one and try that instead. I hope I can get one. I don't know why the doctor wouldn't prescribe something like that instead of screws and plates. I want and need a nonsurgical cure. I can't deal with this. Is it likely the bone stimulator would work??

Sep 05, 2013
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To Jennifer
by: Anonymous

To Jennifer, a wretched excuse of a parent. Yes, I have a suggestion. Find some train tracks and jump on them.

Aug 28, 2013
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pseudo jones, in a moonboot
by: clutzy nina

broke fifth metatarsal dancing at a wedding.....clean break, told it is ok to bear weight, have had good days of slow navigating with moonboot, and hard days of resting at home. I am using bone stimulator, I am not driving, not exercising, have help at home, but am concerned that my activity may be interfering with recovery, at week 4 now. will be seeing doc later and getting new xrays, but question for the similarly afflicted: foot did not hurt in beginning but it hurts now, is that part of healing process? tyia for your help.

Feb 24, 2013
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my son
by: Jody

My son, had surgery 8 weeks ago on his foot, he was non-weight bearing for 4 weeks and is now beginning to wear a shoe. The surgery was the right thing to do for him. He is 6'7" and 275lbs at age 16. He has broken both 5th metatarsal bones in both feet. His doctor says the bone is healing and looks strong on the xray. I would highly recommend getting a second opinion.
Continueing to walk on a broken bone does not allow it to heal, the stress and force that this bone is under with every step doesn't allow it to heal. I highly recommend putting the 4 inch long screw in the bone to stablize it and allow it to heal but you must stay off of it for the recommended time!

Feb 24, 2013
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It's been 5 months since I broke my foot...
by: Catherine

Or at least since I learned it was broken. I injured myself at the gym this past summer, around the end of August. I assumed it was a twist or a bad sprain, so I iced it, elevated, and all that. The pain didn't go away. My primary care doctor said my pain wasn't improving due to a fallen arch, and advised me to buy supportive shoes. Then I move back to college and am walking around campus again and the pain worsens-so I went home to see a podiatrist who X-rayed and said it was broken. I have been wearing a boot for 5 months now and was initially okayed to be weight bearing. About a month ago, I expressed my concern to my doctor that I still hadn't healed, so he got me a bone stimulator. It's been about three weeks using it, but no improvement. And just last week, the doctor finally decided to make me non-weight bearing and gave me crutches. I was initially told the break wasn't bad enough to require surgery, but now I'm being told that's the next step. It's so frustrating as a college student to have to crutch around campus, not to mention just basic things like not being able to wear cute shoes(I'm a 21 year old girl, these things matter to me, haha)! I'm just very concerned that I'm approaching the 6 month mark, I'm graduating in May and I really don't want to be in the boot for it. Call me crazy, but was my doctor in the wrong for letting me be weight bearing for so long? And did I do any permanent damage by walking around on the foot before discovering it was broken?

Jan 01, 2013
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my son
by: jody

My son (age 12) broke his right 5th metatarsal 3 years ago, we did the surgery and was non walking for 6 weeks and an added 6 weeks of rehab. The treatment was good and he has had no problems with that foot. 3 weeks ago he fractured his left 5th metatarsal, he is in a walking boot again, the bone is showing repair on the xray but the doc says there is no way to know that the bone will continue to heal, we are considering surgery again because it is his 2nd foot break.

Nov 29, 2012
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Don't rely only on ER opinion
by: JB

I went to one of the top ERs in Chicago and they too indicated a "Jones' Fracture" of my right foot. I then (next day) went to a top Orthopedic Foot Surgeon who thankfully said that ER docs often mis (maybe cautiously over) diagnose the fracture. I am in a walking boot and compression sock for 6 weeks with the advice not to overdo walking and weight-bearing. This may not be the case for all, but make sure you follow up with a specialist.

Nov 13, 2012
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This Bone Requires Extra Care
by: Anonymous

I have experience with a comminuted fracture of this bone. This bone requires a high degree of care. You can't be too careful with this bone before, during and after you get expert medical care. Don't mess around with a home-made solution. Get to your doc, get xrays and ask questions to insure you understand and to avoid complications.

The swelling on my foot caused and ingrown toenail and an infection. This is just one example of what can go wrong. Don't use a walking boot that is not prescribed because that hard plastic can re-break the bone.

Keep your foot up and wrapped to reduce swelling.

Nov 11, 2012
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What to do?
by: Jennifer

I broke my foot Oct. 27, 2012 and found out it was broken on Halloween. I walked on it the whole time and don't have much of a choice. I have a 5 year old, a 21 y.o. stepson w chronic laziness and my husband works most of the time until late.
The er did not tell me anything, just to follow up with my doc. I went to the doc and got chewed out for walking on it and was told I wasn't wrapping it tight enough.
When I tried to wrap it tighter, I was in so much pain that I had to call the advice nurse for my insc. at 4 am. And was told that I had to go back to the dr (which I don't have a car) and that my 5 year old shouldn't be making things harder for me! Wow! I was so mad.
Now I don't know what to do. I can't get back to the dr. And my sons school is threatening to get me in trouble if he misses school again...any suggestions?

Oct 20, 2012
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My metatarsal journey!!!
by: Angen

I broke my 5th metatarsal while playing Netball in the last week of April. My foot dct numbed my leg and manipulated my foot to try and realign the bone. I was then put in Plaster for 7 weeks, only to have the plaster off and be told it hadn't healed. This may have been down to bad luck or I may have been a little too active on it! I never weight beared, but I did continue with household chores! (typical women!) I was then given an aircast while I waited for an operation. I had the operation 2 weeks ago and instead of the one screw. I had 5 and a plate! I an now in plaster for 6 weeks, then I will have a boot(a new one because I wore the last one out!!!) I have been off work all this time! No one can believe how long it's been. Trying to stay Positive is sometimes hard, but I feel like I'm on the road to recovery(hopefully!) I know I am not the only person this has happened too! My advice is, if the dct tells you to rest, then REST!!!!!!!

Oct 18, 2012
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Misdiagnosed
by: Mary

Went to see an Orthopod today who said it was an Avulsion fracture not a Jones fracture which is what i was told in the ER. He put me in an air cast splint and surgical shoe. I was using a knee walker with a lot of success but now my knee is in a lot of pain.

Oct 16, 2012
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Healing happens
by: Anonymous

This is a frustrating injury. I had a Jones fracture two years ago. I had surgery within a week, but I was still in a cast for 8 weeks and a boot for another 8. Had to use a bone growth stimulator. I really began to fear that I would never walk normally again. Hang in there. There is hope. This Sunday, I will walk the Columbus Marathon--yep, 26.2 miles. I'm 65, so I feel blessed. Keep healing.

Oct 15, 2012
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I did this to
by: Renee

My injury was on march 11, 2011. It turned out that I needed surgery the whole time, my doctor also put me in a walking boot but unfortunately I walked around for 1 1/2 years and it was still broken, it never healed. I found a wonderful doctor and he did surgery on sept, 7th 2012, yes I am still laid up but at least now once I'm healed I can pick up where I left off. My foot needed 2 Pins and wire to repair my fracture. I wish you all the best of luck, I hope you find a great doctor.

Oct 15, 2012
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I did this to
by: Renee

My injury was on march 11, 2011. It turned out that I needed surgery the whole time, my doctor also put me in a walking boot but unfortunately I walked around for 1 1/2 years and it was still broken, it never healed. I found a wonderful doctor and he did surgery on sept, 7th 2012, yes I am still laid up but at least now once I'm healed I can pick up where I left off. My foot needed 2 Pins and wire to repair my fracture. I wish you all the best of luck, I hope you find a great doctor.

Oct 15, 2012
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Commenting for below
by: Sarah

I would go and have a foot doctor look at it. Mine is OFFICIALLY healed after 11 weeks. I tried to get my doctor to let me wear a boot and he said NO and brought me paperwork that said my foot needed a cast. I wore a cast for 6 weeks and just my boot this past month. I am wearing normal shoes for about half the day and switching to my boot when my foot swells bad. My doctor also told me that it could continue to swell for up to a year. I hated wearing the cast, actually I went thru 3 casts bc of swelling issues, but Im thankful that I had it...but DEF go to a orthopedic doctor bc it possible wont heal right in a boot

Oct 15, 2012
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Stupid foot trick
by: Mary

Rolled my foot this weekend and was told by the ER doc that I had a Jones fracture. He sent me home in a surgery shoe with crutches and ordered no weight bearing for 4 weeks and then follow up. I'm concerned that without a a cast it will not be immobilized enough to heal properly. I have a desk job but am not sure when to return. Any advice would be appreciated.

Oct 15, 2012
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Stupid foot trick
by: Mary

Rolled my foot this weekend and was told by the ER doc that I had a Jones fracture. He sent me home in a surgery shoe with crutches and ordered no weight bearing for 4 weeks and then follow up. I'm concerned that without a a cast it will not be immobilized enough to heal properly. I have a desk job but am not sure when to return. Any advice would be appreciated.

Oct 14, 2012
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Bones
by: Anonymous

No that bone susport all your body weight. Takes an average of 12 weeks to heal. U must stay off of it

Sep 28, 2012
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2 weeks and counting
by: Sarah

I have to say that after 6 weeks in cast and now 2 weeks in boot, I have no more pain and I believe Im doing good..my foot (I think) is a week behind the schedule that my doctor gave me..Im walking alittle!! I go in to get another xray and I will let yall know something..Hopefully it will be good news!!!

Sep 28, 2012
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7 weeks no weight bearing
by: Kirsty

So after my 3 week check up (story below) they took the cast off and said I don't need a boot or cast or anything. I'm still not allowed to bear weight. So I didn't. I didn't wear anything. I went back two days ago for 7 week check up and x ray and doctors say my bones have joined beautifully and I an start walking as normal on my foot. Well I'm not, I tried. It's so painful that I'm using the boot now. I can't afford hurting my foot again. So I'm really hoping this story of mine stays a successful one because 6 weeks off my feet was really not cool!

Sep 24, 2012
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5th metatarsal
by: Anonymous

I broke my fifth metatarsal on a jump as a paratrooper in the army 25 years ago. Doctors said i needed surgery but i didnt do it at that time. I was in a cast for six weeks. To make a long story short, i kept re-breaking it on future jumps! Well now like i said 25 years later it still keeps rebreaking with hardly any force at all. Bottom line is without surgery the 5th metatarsal is very hard to fix!! Good luck everyone!

Sep 16, 2012
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Fifth metatarsal break
by: Vicky

Sarah, I'm with you. My foot hurts worse now than the first month I was in a boot. They never did put me in a cast. Been in a boot for 5 months. Just now getting a bone stimulator. The break itself hurts like the dickens but the doc just seems to be "ah it'll be fine in a week or so". I am on my feet at work and I can't work with the boot. Or with this pain. Not working and just about up with FMLA and TDI. any suggestions?

Sep 16, 2012
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Fifth metatarsal break
by: Vicky

Sarah, I'm with you. My foot hurts worse now than the first month I was in a boot. They never did put me in a cast. Been in a boot for 5 months. Just now getting a bone stimulator. The break itself hurts like the dickens but the doc just seems to be "ah it'll be fine in a week or so". I am on my feet at work and I can't work with the boot. Or with this pain. Not working and just about up with FMLA and TDI. any suggestions?

Sep 16, 2012
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Fifth metatarsal break
by: Vicky

Sarah, I'm with you. My foot hurts worse now than the first month I was in a boot. They never did put me in a cast. Been in a boot for 5 months. Just now getting a bone stimulator. The break itself hurts like the dickens but the doc just seems to be "ah it'll be fine in a week or so". I am on my feet at work and I can't work with the boot. Or with this pain. Not working and just about up with FMLA and TDI. any suggestions?

Sep 12, 2012
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Jones Fracture
by: Sarah

So its been 6 weeks since the jones fracture. I went to get my cast off. My foot is 80% healed so my doctor put me in a boot for a month. Now having pain like I broke it all over again. Does anybody think that its normal? My doctor told me to lightly walk on it around the house (in boot) and next week walk more on it and by the mid of the 3rd week I should be walking around normal, but I think something is badly wrong bc of the pain I have right now

Sep 07, 2012
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avulsion break of the 5th meta.
by: Anonymous

on august 10, 2011 i had a accident nd mt foot swole up. I thought it was my gout and just dealt with it. finally on november 30, 2011 i went to a different dr other than my gp who finally ordered a x-ray. it was discovered that I had an avulsion seperation of the fifth metatorsal. on december 12 i had a bone graph and screw installed in right foot. then it was 3 months non weight bearing followed by 3 months of air boot. the bone was not healing so my dr ordered a bone stimulator for 3 months. I was just told by my dr that she is out of ideas and classified me as a non union metatorsal. if i walk on it for a hour or more my foot swells up and hurts. i then have to elevate it to get relief and my day is pretty much over at that point. wearing closed shoes over it aggrevates it as well. almost a year with out work is hard on my family as well as my sanity.

Aug 17, 2012
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Jones fracture for a year
by: Kirsty

So I had damaged my foot rolling it in high heels. Time and time again. I just carried on. The pain was excruciating and as the months went by I would develop a big swollen lump on the side of my foot at the end of a busy day, walking a lot, Zumba etc. my boyfriend would massage it down for me nd that was the most painful part.

He then said I must get this seen too. Ortho said it was a jones fracture and they need to operate. (knowing I have been walking on it for more than a year)

He told me he'd either do a screw fixation or a bone Graft. He ended up doing both. I am now in a cast for 3 weeks. 1 week down. No weight bearing. I'm so frustrated as I it's evident I can't drive, work etc and I'm just hoping this heals the first time.

So after 3 weeks I have to go back to ortho for check up.

Aug 12, 2012
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Jones fracture
by: Sarah

I was out putting yard sale signs out and slipped off the curb. I had intense pain in the right foot. About 5 hours later I couldn't take the pain anymore so I went to the doctor and after 5 X-rays I had a jones fracture. That doctor put me in a boot 3 days later I went to a specialist who told me that the boot wouldn't work and put me in a cast. I still have one month left in this cast. Does anybody know if I have to keep my foot elevated the WHOLE time?? I'm just hoping that I won't have to have any surgery after this..

Jul 31, 2012
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5th metatarsal break
by: Anonymous

Broke my one on May 28 -- got the boot the next day,
but in 5 weeks it had not healed. (I walked some). On July 5, a titanium screw was inserted resultig n much pain and another boot. I am due to get boot off on August 16. I used a walker, now a cane, and sometimes walk on the boot. Now after reading all the accounts of this break, I am scared, and waiting to plan my "Booted Party".














Jul 30, 2012
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Help...
by: Stacy

Broke my 5th metatarsal in what's called a "dancers break" on July 21st. Wonder how this differs from a Jones fracture or avulsion fracture?

Ortho put me in a medical air boot with a walker.

Jul 30, 2012
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Help...
by: Stacy

Broke my 5th metatarsal in what's called a "dancers break" on July 21st. Wonder how this differs from a Jones fracture or avulsion fracture?

Ortho put me in a medical air boot with a walker.

Jul 30, 2012
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Help...
by: Stacy

Broke my 5th metatarsal in what's called a "dancers break" on July 21st. Wonder how this differs from a Jones fracture or avulsion fracture?

Ortho put me in a medical air boot with a walker.

Jul 14, 2012
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To Jeff
by: Anonymous

I don't know why the doctor prescribed a bone stimulator for your avulsion fracture...you said that this area has poor blood supply...the avulsion happens right in the base area...the area that doesn't have good blood supply is slightly above the base, where the shaft meets the base; a fracture in this area is called a Jones Fracture...the avulsion fracture is actually the better fracture to have in the 5th metatarsal...it is seldom displaced...non-unions are rare...they have a high rate of proper healing.

Jul 14, 2012
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To Jeff
by: Anonymous

I don't know why the doctor prescribed a bone stimulator for your avulsion fracture...you said that this area has poor blood supply...the avulsion happens right in the base area...the area that doesn't have good blood supply is slightly above the base, where the shaft meets the base; a fracture in this area is called a Jones Fracture...the avulsion fracture is actually the better fracture to have in the 5th metatarsal...it is seldom displaced...non-unions are rare...they have a high rate of proper healing.

Jul 14, 2012
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To Jeff
by: Anonymous

I don't know why the doctor prescribed a bone stimulator for your avulsion fracture...you said that this area has poor blood supply...the avulsion happens right in the base area...the area that doesn't have good blood supply is slightly above the base, where the shaft meets the base; a fracture in this area is called a Jones Fracture...the avulsion fracture is actually the better fracture to have in the 5th metatarsal...it is seldom displaced...non-unions are rare...they have a high rate of proper healing.

May 01, 2012
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Fractured/Broken Metatarsal
by: Anonymous

Just fractured (greenstick) my lateral metatarsal on my rt foot. As I am a massage therapist, I can't work. The ER sent me home in the flat soled, velcro shoe & crutches w/instructions to see a dr w/in a week.
Saw my dr immediately. Dr. used and ace bandage & fitted me w/an aircast. Ordered absolutely NO weight on foot for 6-8 weeks. I'm at 2.5 weeks...
Based on my experience, it's important that you stay off your foot...period.
Don't try to walk on it!!!! You risk the possibility of needing surgery.
Instead, call medical supply companies in your area. You should be able to rent a "knee walker" for @ $20-$30 per week. Way better than cruthes!!! It's a type of scooter. Your shin (on the injured foot side) rests on a pad, you hold the handle bars & use your good foot for momentum! Get well soon!!!!

May 01, 2012
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Fractured/Broken Metatarsal
by: Anonymous

Just fractured (greenstick) my lateral metatarsal on my rt foot. As I am a massage therapist, I can't work. The ER sent me home in the flat soled, velcro shoe & crutches w/instructions to see a dr w/in a week.
Saw my dr immediately. Dr. used and ace bandage & fitted me w/an aircast. Ordered absolutely NO weight on foot for 6-8 weeks. I'm at 2.5 weeks...
Based on my experience, it's important that you stay off your foot...period.
Don't try to walk on it!!!! You risk the possibility of needing surgery.
Instead, call medical supply companies in your area. You should be able to rent a "knee walker" for @ $20-$30 per week. Way better than cruthes!!! It's a type of scooter. Your shin (on the injured foot side) rests on a pad, you hold the handle bars & use your good foot for momentum! Get well soon!!!!

May 01, 2012
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Fractured/Broken Metatarsal
by: Anonymous

Just fractured (greenstick) my lateral metatarsal on my rt foot. As I am a massage therapist, I can't work. The ER sent me home in the flat soled, velcro shoe & crutches w/instructions to see a dr w/in a week.
Saw my dr immediately. Dr. used and ace bandage & fitted me w/an aircast. Ordered absolutely NO weight on foot for 6-8 weeks. I'm at 2.5 weeks...
Based on my experience, it's important that you stay off your foot...period.
Don't try to walk on it!!!! You risk the possibility of needing surgery.
Instead, call medical supply companies in your area. You should be able to rent a "knee walker" for @ $20-$30 per week. Way better than cruthes!!! It's a type of scooter. Your shin (on the injured foot side) rests on a pad, you hold the handle bars & use your good foot for momentum! Get well soon!!!!

May 01, 2012
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Fractured/Broken Metatarsal
by: Anonymous

Just fractured (greenstick) my lateral metatarsal on my rt foot. As I am a massage therapist, I can't work. The ER sent me home in the flat soled, velcro shoe & crutches w/instructions to see a dr w/in a week.
Saw my dr immediately. Dr. used and ace bandage & fitted me w/an aircast. Ordered absolutely NO weight on foot for 6-8 weeks. I'm at 2.5 weeks...
Based on my experience, it's important that you stay off your foot...period.
Don't try to walk on it!!!! You risk the possibility of needing surgery.
Instead, call medical supply companies in your area. You should be able to rent a "knee walker" for @ $20-$30 per week. Way better than cruthes!!! It's a type of scooter. Your shin (on the injured foot side) rests on a pad, you hold the handle bars & use your good foot for momentum! Get well soon!!!!

Apr 01, 2012
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Fracture 5th Metatarsal
by: Anonymous

Yes, an aircast boot is really great. I have a fractured 5th metatarsal as well (5 wks. with no sign of healing). However, treatment depends on the type of fracture. Is your bone in alignment and what part of the metatarsal is fractured? I am getting a bone stimulator from the doctor, as my bone is in alignment but not healing. Blood supply is diminished in this bone and takes a long time to heal. I have an aircast boot when I leave the house for stability and a flat soled, slip on shoe with Velcro straps for the house, that i hot in the E.R. The aircast boot offers alot of stability. Google aircast boot for 5th metatarsal fracture and you'll find lots of info. Best of luck to you for fast healing.

Mar 23, 2012
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Getting around!
by: Susanne

I broke my 5th metatarsal, nearly 3 weeks ago! Just wanted to give a little bit of advice, i also hate the crutches, but in the house i get around on a computer chair! Much better than crutches, as you can pick things up and move quite freely! Good luck with all of your healing, its so frustrating but will be over eventually!!!

Mar 09, 2012
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5th Mt Base frecture
by: Hayat

Dear Dr 2 days before My Rigt foot 5mt base fracture due to post twisting .
Now its cover by Plaster I want to know how i get fast recovry

Mar 09, 2012
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5th Mt Base frecture
by: Hayat

Dear Dr 2 days before My Rigt foot 5mt base fracture due to post twisting .
Now its cover by Plaster I want to know how i get fast recovry

Mar 02, 2012
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Know how ya feel
by: Kim

Erica....you need to find someone to do surgery. I had to have two surgeries but I'm here to say that I'm finally healed and walking (and running) fine! I was in a boot and on crutches for 4 1/2 months with NO weight bearing aloud,and it FINALLY healed!! You may need a bone graft if the stimulator didn't work. My thoughts are with you as I know just how frustrating this can be! I missed months of work...I'm a nurse on my feet all day....and many fun activities due to my foot. It will get better...Good Luck to you :)

Mar 02, 2012
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4mm displaced fracture 5th metatarsal base
by: Lisa

First I'd like to thank everyone who posted their story on here. It is comforting to know you're not alone.

I had a displaced fracture of the base of the 5th metatarsal. I have no idea how it happened, which of course everyone thinks is nuts! Anyway, because I didn't know there was anything wrong it took a while before the pain became frequent enough to see a doctor.

I was shocked when my orthopedic told me that it was a complicated break. I'm thinking it's just a foot what's the big deal. I was told the area is not very vascular which affects healing and that the tendon on the end of the bone goes up the ankle and can pull the fracture apart, at least it did in my case.

I had surgery and had a large screw put in and was non-weight bearing for 6 weeks. Next x-ray showed the bones had pulled apart again with the screw in place. Next came a cast and another 6 weeks of non-weight bearing. Fracture still displaced, but no change so started using the walking boot for a couple more weeks. Next came the Bone stimulator and stiff soled shoe and physical therapy for another 4 weeks. I managed to grow "some fiberous tissue" but that was about it.
It's not perfect and may break and need re-surgery, but after 3 months of not walking (or driving) it is such a wonderful thing to walk and be "normal" again. I get achy occasionally, but nothing I can't handle. Good luck to you all!

Feb 29, 2012
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by: Erica

Well, I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I have a break like Lori mentioned. A break at the base of the 5th met (broke the 'bulb', not the shaft or neck). And I also have a gap, and the break went all the way across and into the joint. Back in mid August 2011 I was out for a walk and had a sudden pull pain in that location. I hopped around for a few thinking I would have to get the hubby to go get the car, but after a min or so just walked it off. Figured I just pulled a tendon or something. Off and on for the next several months I would re-injure it, thinking that silly tendon just doesn't want to heal. Just before Thanksgiving, I had a different appt at the VA Hospital (work for self so no other medical insurance) and brought up the pain in the foot as an after thought. She sent me to x-ray on my way out. They called me 30 min later to come back and get a special shoe and they will get me in to the podiatrist after Thanksgiving week.

So at the podiatrist I was given the walking boot and a bone stimulator (while he was thinking it's probably not going to heal because of how long it had been). I wore that boot for over 6 weeks walking on it, and a follow up appt showed no healing. I switched to a snug ankle support to prevent the ankle from doing anything crazy to re-injure. This I did because I have a jacked up sacriotic(sp) joint and I had back/hip pain so bad from being uneven that I could no longer stand the boot. My Feb appt showed that there is still no healing. He wanted to give it ANOTHER 6 weeks. Well, I can tell there is no healing.

I guess I'm going to have to beg for surgery at this point. I am very active (biking, walking, the half dozen amusement parks in the area) and that boot was a nightmare even without the back pain.

After years and years of plantar faciitis and tarsal tunnel I guess I got used to the Dr's not being about to do anything to help. So I think I learned my lesson that any new pain needs immediate checking by a Dr.

Dec 06, 2011
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5th metatarsal and bone across top of foot
by: Rosey

Hi I broke these bones 2 1/2 months ago. My doc has had me in an air cast boot and no weight bearing. Last week I was told to go back to work but with little walking. That did not go well. I am off work again until after I go to CBI Health Centre. I have a lump on the right side of my right foot and pain and swelling. Has anyone else experienced this and have any of you been to a CBI Health Centre? What should I expect? Are they really there to help me or just get me to work whether I am in pain or not....they are through WCB. Thanks everyone!

Nov 14, 2011
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9 years post 5th metatarsal fracture
by: Anonymous

July 9, 2003, I fractured the proximal end of my 5th metatarsal. The "doctor" who has since lost his medical license, asked if I wanted it pinned, a hard cast or a boot. As it was a hot summer, I chose the boot so I could cool my foot in water.

The pain was intense for far too long and the "doctor" told me I was healing fine. I finally went for second and third opinions to find I had a non-union fracture that was misaligned.

For the last 6 years I have had varying degrees of pain due to arthritic changes in the joint. Also, the bone sits high, rubbing against shoes creating more discomfort.

Over the last year I have had steroid injections, which alleviate the pain for a little while. I am now scheduled for a fusion of the 4th and 5th metatarsals with the cuboid next week.

I am only 52 years old; work at a physically demanding job and love hiking. Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. I can't lose my mobility and would like to look forward to a morning where I don't flinch at the thought of putting my foot on the floor.

Sep 16, 2011
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Hairline fracture of 5th metatarsol?
by: Lisa

After stepping off a top stair and missing 4 stairs, landing on the bottom platform, I felt some pain in my foot. I went to the emergecy department of a hospital where there was only 1 doctor and no orthopedic specialist. When the doctor looked at my x-ray he said my ankle wasn't broken and to go home. But he missed the hairline fracture in the 5th metatarsal of my right foot. After two months of complaining to my family doctor he sent me for another x-ray and found that the hairline fracture was partially fused.

But during that time I walked on it normally but the bone seemed to protrude on the side of my foot and was and still is extremely painfull. I wasn't give a cast, or a boot, or even crutches for that matter. I am going back for an x-ray next week...I guess to see if it has healed correctly but the symptoms are only getting worse. I have no idea what to do if the pain and protruding bone persists.

Jul 13, 2011
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misaligned fracture of 5th metatarsal
by: Anonymous

Well finally found this forum again (didn't bookmark it) Here's my update about my misaligned # fifth metatarsal. I was able to check out the xrays when I attended my ortho appointment after 6 weeks in the walking boot and its clear the fractured bone ends are sitting one on top of the other but are parallel with the other metatarsals. I was able to ask about the long term effects and apparently it is healing and shouldn't cause any problems and I could expect to be in pain for 4 to 6 weeks. I was told to walk with a supportive shoe and despite the Dr knowing I work 8 hr shifts and am on my feet 95% of that I was expected to go back to work. I managed to get a certificate allowing me a few more days off work to get used to walking without the boot and then returned to work. 2 weeks of 8hr shifts later I attended another ortho appointment and saw a different Dr. I told her how much pain I was in at work and she was suprised that I had been walking without a walking boot!! She told me that it was too soon to be walking without it in view of the fact that I was working! I was given a new walking boot and told to wear it for another 6 weeks and she wanted to give me another sick certificate!! Also I was to expect pain for about 6 months, mmm oh joy! Unfortunately being off sick doesn't pay the bills so I refused the certificate, so am working almost full time on 'light duties' which in my line of work is not really possible. Its much more comfortable with the boot although I try to rest it when I can. So in all I've had 5 1/2 weeks in a cast, 6 weeks in walking boot, 3 weeks in sports shoe and will be 6 weeks in walking boot again. I'm soo over the 'hoppy' remarks!

May 19, 2011
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Response to work/walk without crutches
by: Anonymous

I fractured my 5th metatarsal 6 weeks ago and wore a Donjoy boot. Was allowed 25% weight bearing when I felt able, which wasn't for about a week. Anyway, after 2 days crutches were doing my head in! Went on the internet and discovered the RollerFoot (rollerfoot.com)and this gadget, like a knee scooter or large roller blade, totally changed my life! Your hands are free to carry stuff, no pain from the good leg (which I had due to the extra weight bearing from the bad leg), no sore hands and the freedom to do what I wanted. I swapped cars with my husband (his is automatic)and basically have had minimal disruption to my busy lifestyle. The RollerFoot is an amazing invention and you can rent it by the week - €60 per week in Ireland, where I live, and I think about $75 a week in the USA. It's a small price to pay for freedom!

May 10, 2011
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Misaligned fracture
by: Anonymous

Hi Kim
Thanks for sharing your experience, its comforting in a wierd way to know that I am not alone in going through this. My fracture appears to be healing, just in the wrong position. I'm definately going to ask to see the xrays when I go for my next appointment! The xray tech offered to let me see them when I last went but I wasn't able to walk round to the screen and as I'm uncoordinated I would probably have fallen over! As it is I have fallen 3 times with the crutches, one of those times on the stairs!!
Well once I have an update I will let you know.

May 10, 2011
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Misaligned Fracture
by: Kim

I was reading your comments and thought I would add my experience. I had a complete break of my 5th met last Sept. 3 weeks later I had surgery to put in screws because the bones were so far apart. I accidently slipped on my crutches and pulled out the screws (ouch)....the bones were so misaligned they had to go back in 3 weeks later ,take out the screws and put in wires to hold it together. Thank God they did because it would of taken FOREVER to heal if the bones stayed that far apart. I was non-weight bearing for 6 more weeks then 4 weeks in a boot. Months later I'm FINALLY doing better. Back at the gym on the elliptical and walking the trails as much as I can. My foot still hurts at times,swells and the weather gives me trouble but if I didn't correct that bone I'd be in more trouble. Good luck to you I know what you're going through and It's NOT fun!!

May 10, 2011
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Misaligned Fracture
by: Anonymous

Thanks again for replying so quickly Lori. I'm awaiting an appointment at the ortho clinic so will be asking questions when I next attend. I'm normally a very assertive person, but its amazing how vulnerable you feel as a patient! I'm walking with the boot and have tried just putting my bare foot down with a little pressure, but it hurts. I can feel pressure on the top of my foot too where the break is and where the bone sticks out a bit. I'll keep you posted anyway. Good luck with yours.

May 09, 2011
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Misaligned fracture
by: Lori

That changes things for sure. I would DEFINITELY pursue this as a misaligned bone (even slightly misaligned) can affect your foot and cause you much grief and pain down the road. You can probably walk on it as it's probably healed that way??? (don't know what your doctor said about that) but I would definitely ask him about it and be sure you're satisfied with the answer you get. Don't leave until you are --- don't forget, you or your insurance pays him, so get all the information you need.

Keep us posted.

I find out my MRI results Wed. re my foot. Fracture healed after 11 weeks, but tendons and other "collateral damage" are an issue and I'm still in a boot if I do any amount of walking as well as at work 6 months after the fact.

May 09, 2011
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misaligned fracture
by: Anonymous

Hi again Lori. It isn't an avulsion fracture, just a complete break and although the Dr in A&E realigned the bones I've put my foot down to stop myself falling a few times and this is probably why the bones shifted. Now the two ends of the bone are sitting one on top of the other.

May 09, 2011
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Re Misaligned fracture
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your reply Lori. Unfortunately I don't have private health cover so can't just ring up the Dr, but I will certainly ask him when I go to my next appointment. In the meantime I will have to try not to worry (very hard for me as I'm a terrible worrier).

May 09, 2011
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Misaligned fracture
by: Lori

I would definitely phone up your doctor to ask about that. Tell him the x-ray tech said they were mis-aligned. Hopefully he had looked at the x-ray before telling you to start walking etc.

That said: It depends if it was an avulsion piece that is misaligned or if the entire two pieces are misaligned?/

May 09, 2011
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Displaced healing Fracture of fifth metatarsal
by: Anonymous

I broke my fifth metatarsal at the base about 7 weeks ago and wore a cast for 5 1/2 weeks non weight bearing. When I had the cast removed and a check xray the technician told me that the bones were misplaced, with the ends overlapping each other ( I can feel this too when I palpate the area) But the ortho Dr told me the foot was healing well and I was given a walking boot and told to full weight bear, which I am tolerating. The appointment was rushed as it was at the end of the day and I am now kicking myself because I didn't ask about this. I spend all day on my feet at work so need them to be in full working order when I do return to work. I would like to know if this would cause me any problems later on. Has anyone else had problems because of misaligned bones?

May 08, 2011
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Metatarsal surgery and an infected incision
by: Correy

Fractured Fifth Metatarsal of my left foot on Mar 23rd, had a ct scan that showed I needed surgery to allow it to heal, so on the 31st I had the surgery and they inserted the screw. I was 2 wks in a temp cast and the last 5 in an aircast with crutches. Last week I started to weight bear on it and got rid of one of the crutches, I can actually walk around the house without the crutch and can stand on it without the aircast so I know I am nearly at the point I will be able to get out of the cast.

My problem is my incision (2.5") has not entirely healed yet???? It still has some light oozing and last week I was put on Ceflex 500mg every 6 hrs for 10 days!I keep it covered with a non sticky dressing but I can't help but think that the healing is exacerbated by the foot being 24/7 in the hot boot? Anyone else have a problem with the incision healing and ideas on what to do to? I am at a loss and so seems is my GP.

Apr 07, 2011
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5th meta
by: Anonymous

I fractured my 5th meta on NYE and I was overseas at the time. I thought it was badly swollen which it was for about 3 days. After this went down i could walk on it fine, which I did for a further 6 weeks overseas. When i got back i payed cricket and it began hurting so 2 weeks later I got it scanned and it showed chipped bones. I have been in a boot now for 5 weeks and have 1 week left in it. How long do you think it will be before i can play soccer again?

Apr 02, 2011
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Thanks for your feedback!!
by: Mel

To be honest when I fell off the step all that time ago the injury was very painful at the time but I did not seek medical help & it seemed to get better-the pain I have been experiencing recently is a sharp spasm kinda pain so went to dr,from there an x-ray showed up the old fracture....to say I was shocked is an understatement as have been ok for so long....now just waiting to see if ct scan shows anything else & decide whether surgery would help.

Thanks for your support & feedback,it really helps to talk to others who are experiencing the same!

Let's hope we all have pain free feet very soon

Mel xx

Apr 02, 2011
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Thanks Kim!
by: Lori

It is tough. I was out of the boot for 6 weeks once my fracture healed, but my tendon was extremely painful and my ankle really swollen, couldn't walk well at all. Got put back into the boot to see if it would calm down. Now awaiting an MRI to see if there's a tear.

Apr 02, 2011
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Finally Healing!!
by: Kim

I feel bad for both Lori and Mel. I don't know how you walked around for that long with a broken foot,Mel....you must have been miserable!! I finally went back to work after 4 months of non-weight bearing and two surgeries. I also have arthritis already but I feel 100% better!!! I still have discomfort and swelling especially at the end of the day. But I started back to the gym 2 weeks ago and I feel a lot more normal and grateful to be off crutches and the CAM walker. The Dr. was right....it takes months and months to heal from this. Good Luck to you both:) Hang in there!!

Apr 02, 2011
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5th Met & Peroneal Tendons - Month 5
by: Lori

I didn't have the surgery as mine was a break of the base of the 5th met (broke the 'bulb', not the shaft or neck). I had a gap of 4mm, and the break went all the way across and into the joint. It took about 11 weeks for it to finally heal, which may have had something to do with it breaking into the joint. I now have traumatic arthritis there, which showed up right away...

I am still in a boot though as I also hurt my peroneal tendons when I hurt my foot. I've had a CT scan and am having an MRI next week to see whether the tendon injury just requires patience on my part, or surgery. It's hard to be patient as it's now over 5 months since I stepped off a curb the wrong way ... and I've been off work the entire time as I have to be on my feet all day. I am considering going back 2 hours a day though (in the boot) but will wait to decide until after I get my MRI results.

Hoping everyone else on here heals quickly and well!

Apr 02, 2011
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Advice needed
by: Mel

Can anyone please give me advice-I fell over 2 years ago and didn't realise I had fractured my foot,pain started to develop 6 wks ago & xray showed fractured base 5th metartasal,saw ortho dr yest & he has mentioned surgery but cannot say whether will wrk or stop the pain that comes & goes. He is arranging a ct scan in the meantime so I would really like some advice from anyone who has had the op as alot to consider as like many on here I have a job to hold down & am very active & the thought of hobbling around for wks is frightening.

Thanks xx

Jan 15, 2011
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Rhea
by: Kim

Rhea,so sorry you broke your foot. It's a big pain in the butt!! It all depends on what kind of break it is on if and how much weight you can put on your foot. Did the Dr. say you can put weight on it??? I wasn't able to wweight bear for 3 1/2 long months. I uced a wheeled scooter borrowed from a friend to kneel on with my bad leg to get around the house. I used critches for months (hate them) When I was finally able to weight bear,I had to uce a CAM walker at all times. Also,I had to always wrap the broken foot wirh an ace wrap for support and to control sweeling. I feel for you! I was out of work for almost 4 months just for breaking this tiny bone. Hang in there!!!

Jan 13, 2011
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Didn't realize I wasn't alone on my break until now
by: Julie

Wow, after doing some searching for breaks of the 5th metatarsul bone, I now know I am not alone. About 2 months ago I broke my foot and was told it was an avulsion (probably spelled wrong) and the doctor said right away I should have surgery or where a cast for 3 months. I chose the surgery and was put into a splint for two weeks with NWB instructions. One the splint was off he told me to continue with the NWB but that I could walk a few steps on my heel while wearing a special shoe. I never could get myself use to it and never tried any further. Next week I go in to see how the bone is healing and I hope it is good news. This whole experience has been awful. I tried the cruthes but had to stop using them so in order to get around I rented a wheel chair. It helped alot and it helped me get back to work eventually but now I am worried I have not been doing enough to keep my left leg strengthened. I sounds like e everyone who has posted here has had such different instructions from their doctor. I wonder now if the doctor should have allowed me to put some more weight on my foot other than what he told me, which was an occasional step on my heel. I have a feeling my physical therapy will last forever. It has been so hard to be optimistic. My only wish for 2011 is to walk again.

Jan 13, 2011
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Lori
by: Kim

You said it !!!! 11 weeks is entirely too long. I spent 3 1/2 months non wt bearing and 4 more weeks in the boot and it drove me crazy. I hope you get good news. Such a little bone causes sooooo much trouble!! Keep your chin up!! :)

Jan 13, 2011
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To Kim
by: Lori

I am waiting for a call from the ortho but he's on holidays until the 17th. I will be a squeaky wheel. He may say it's going to heal eventually so be patient, or may put a screw in. Either way at least I might have an idea about how long I have... 11 weeks in a cast/boot. Way too long.

Jan 11, 2011
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To;Lori
by: Kim

Awwww,so sorry to here that!! At first my Dr. didn't want to do surgery either but after 3 weeks of seeing that huge gap on the xray I told him to just do it. I didn't see how it was gonna heal anytime soon without it. Just try and hang in there....:( I KNOW how hard it is. I still have a ways to go too I just want to be back to normal and I know you do too. Keep me updated. I'll say a little prayer for you and your foot. :)

Jan 11, 2011
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To Kim
by: Lori

No good news here -- my foot has only healed "slightly" after the 8 week xray so seeing the ortho now.... I'm glad yours had a happy ending!

Jan 09, 2011
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Update to Lori
by: Anonymous

Hi Lori,Just wanted to let you know some good news for a change!! I went back to work Dec.6th (desk work) hobbled arround with my crutches and boot for a month then on Jan.6th my Dr.took xrays and told me to put a REAL SHOE on and start walking!!! I feel like a toodler and my leg is weak but for the past 3 days I have been walking all over the place. I was weight bearing in my boot foe 4 weeks prior so I felt a little more secure. My foot is kinda misshapen and I have excercises to do to strenghthen my knee and ankle but I haven't been this happy in months!!! I just pray that you are healing too and can get back to "normal" soon!! It's been a looooooong 4 months but I think I'm starting the year of with a BANG! Hopefully he'll let me go back to my regular nursing job in the next few weeks. He wants my leg to get stronger first. Let me know how you're doing!! Happy New Year!!

Dec 04, 2010
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To Kim - Returning to Work
by: Lori

Kim, I know I wouldn't be able to return to work with my foot like yours and I don't have as demanding a job as you do. I'm sorry you have to go back for whatever reason, and hope that you don't end up causing yourself more pain and damage by making your foot do what it's not ready to do.

Dec 04, 2010
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To Kim
by: Lori

Thanks Kim!!! Your story sounds MUCH worse than mine by a long shot!!! I know exactly what you mean about weight bearing though. I have been doing some partial weight bearing, with the cast on of course, and can hardly do that for more than a few steps and my foot is sore. Also, last night I was getting into bed, boosting myself over with the other foot, slipped, and my "bad" foot hit a pillow on the bed on the side that has the fracture. Did that ever hurt! It surprised me, too, because I didn't expect it to hurt at 5 weeks almost, especially hitting a pillow.

Mine is a simple fracture compared to many, and I only hope in 10 days I get to have this cast off, that I don't have to hobble around with crutches for too long after that, and life can get back to normal. Today I managed to get out and buy two Christmas gifts -- did that feel good! Went tonight to a Christmas choir concert, but frustration -- they had a "social hour" afterwards ... down 2 flights of stairs. Nope, I'm pretty good on stairs, esp going down, but that's a bit many, esp. with all those people. You really find out if your town is disabled accessible (really accessible!) when you're on crutches!

Dec 03, 2010
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To Lori
by: Kim

Lori,so sad that you have to go thru all this drama too!! I'm a Registered Nurse on a Med-Surg Unit at a hospital.I have no choice but to go back to work starting Dec.6th. On top of all this,a truck hit me and my Jeep while I was on my way home from work in July. I broke my ribs totaled my Jeep messed up my knee and back. I was of work 5 weeks while my rib fractures heeled and had only been back to work 4 weeks when this happened. Talk about stress!!! I went to the Dr, today. He took another xray which showed good alignment with the wires so he told me I could weight bear as tolerated.!! Well let me tell you,that's a lot easier said that done. I haven't really stepped on my foot since Sept.16th and my brain just won't let me do it!! I'm so afraid the wires will pull away and I'll have to have a 3rd surgery!!! My entire leg is weak and my foot is numb and tingly when I put weight on it. I go back to the Dr in 4 weeks. My saving grace thru all this has been a knee walker and shower chair which a good friend lent me!! Be CAREFUL on the snow,Lori.....I know it gets boring sitting at home but one wrong move and your back at square one....I live in the snowbelt of Ohio so I know what you mean. Be patient,that;s all we can do....this has taught me a lot (like I'm impatient and a control freak) LOL

Dec 03, 2010
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update on screw removal
by: Anonymous

To follow up on my 2nd surgery (screw removal) dilemma, I have decided to go through with it. I have scheduled the surgery for Dec 9th. I have been in so much pain from simply walking around the Dr fears I may be getting a stress fracture from the screw itself. What?!?! As frustrated as I am, all I can do now is continue following my dr.s advice and hope this will finally end my 4 month nightmare, pain and down time. Supposedly I will only be back to non weight bearing and boot for a very short amount of time. However, of course I am extremely skeptical since the last surgery was supposed to go smoothly as well...and it turned out very differently.
Good luck to all. Hang in there and keep your spirits high.
-Ronnie

Dec 02, 2010
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To Kim
by: Lori

My goodness, Kim -- your saga is exactly what my fear was this whole time. I am sooo sick of crutches and casts, and my big fear, with the snow here now and all, is that I will slip or something and do damage to what's healing. People say "Oh you're brave to be out and about in the snow!" -- it's actually not in the snow itself that's the issue, it's when you come inside on lino or tile floors with wet crutches (as you know, Kim ...)

I hope you get good news. What do you work at? I'm thinking your foot may be still sore for awhile after the cast comes off, and I know in my reading that other people have had to have the screw removed sometimes b/c it irritates and causes pain. I hope that doesn't happen to you.

Dec 02, 2010
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Thoroughly Frustrated
by: Kim

Hi,I broke my 5th metatarsal completely in half on Sept.16. I rolled it going up a step,heard the snap and knew I was in big trouble. Being a nurse,the docs at work got me an xray which showed the severly displaced fracture. I didn't want surgery so they put me in a boot and told me NO weight bearing. After 3 weeks of pain,swelling and complete frustration I opted for surgery. The dr put in 2 screws,ace wrapped it and gave me a boot. Still non weight bearing....well 2 weeks after surgery I slipped on wet tile on my crutches and feel putting weight on my foot and after another xray showed that the screws were pulled apart. Yes,I wanted to cry!!! Dr. wanted me to wait for 3 more weeks and I told him to do the surgery again to fix the break!! So 3 weeks after the first surgery I had 2nd surgery,this time with wires holding it together. I go back to the Dr. Dec 3 (almost 6 weeks from the 2nd surgery) I pray he has good news for me. I WAS avery active 48yr old that ran 5ks and worked out all the time. Now my left leg has atrophied soooo much and my foot is STILL swollen and numb at times. I HAVE to go back to work,no choice there. Thank God for my wonderful husband.....I just want this all to be over with I needed this forum to vent....all of your comments have helped me emmencely

Nov 30, 2010
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5th Met - Week 4
by: Lori

I last posted during the first week, and at that time I was hoping it wasn't a Jones fx. It isn't thank goodness!!! I'm at week 4 in a cast now, getting quite proficient at crutches even with the snow. The only thing causing any real pain now is my left shoulder (rotator cuff that has flared up big time due to crutches). I work in a school so have been off work, but have sick pay, thank goodness.

I saw my x-rays a couple weeks ago, and in addition to the gapping "splinter" type break at the base, I also had a complete break across the base, going from near the bottom of the bulb by the shaft (but not the Jones fx area) up at a diagonal area, and ending close to the joint (but not in the joint area). There are also a couple little breaks.

Two weeks ago, I couldn't imagine putting any real weight on my foot, but the past few days I can almost walk without crutches in the cast (or as much as you can when you can't bend your ankle). I don't have an aircast, have fiberglass. The doctor offered me an aircast two weeks ago, but at the time I wanted something on all the time, even at night, and from what I gather, it's tough to wear an aircast at night. Maybe I'm wrong on that, but with about 2 weeks to go, no point now.

My question now is for those of you who had "regular" 5th met breaks and got out of the cast after 6 weeks: How long did it take for you to walk fairly normally? Did you wear any kind of brace (elastic) or anything to support your foot and ankle at first? I work in a school and have to walk around the entire school many times a day, spend 75% of my day on my feet. I won't be going back until about 3 weeks after getting my cast off, so am hoping I can manage my full day by then.

Nov 27, 2010
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Post Jones Surgery Pain
by: Ronnie

Hello, i was wondering if anyone has had a bad experience after screw fixation for a Jones fracture. I'm 35, healthy and it has been 3 1/2 months since my surgery. Dr. says the bone has fully healed and looks good. However, i am still limping, experiencing pain and swelling, limited ROM and what i am most concerned about is that my foot turns red/purple throughout the day. i was told it is not an infection. Ortho thinks the best thing to do is remove the screw...another surgery ugh! I'm torn with the decision. Should i wait longer and see if it progresses or should i remove the screw? One of the main reasons i had the surgery was because i was told the screw helps to avoid re-fractures. Anyone have any advice??? would love some insight. Thanks and good luck to everyone in their healing journey.

Nov 03, 2010
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Base 5 Metatarsal break
by: Lori

I rolled over on my ankle when stepping off a curb and now have a break of the 5th metatarsal. The x-ray showed (what looked to me like) a big gap kind of at the junction of the knobby base end and the straight part of the metatarsal. I haven't been told if it is an avulsion fracture or a Jones fracture. There has been mention of a pin because of its location and the gap.

I'm desperately hoping it's not a Jones fracture as I see the healing time is long-term... but will ask on Monday when I go for the followup x-ray (which will determine if it's to be pinned or not).

My question (along with any other advice you can give me): I was told by the GP to not have any weight bearing this week when I asked specifically, but he had mentioned increasing weight-bearing as tolerated. It hurts at this point to even rest my foot lightly on the floor in the cast (sharp stabbing pain, not just aching). I can't imagine weight bearing any time soon...

I will definitely ask to speak to an ortho about it for sure if in doubt as I know foot fractures can cause lots of problems if not treated and healed properly.

Any tips or advice you can give me?

Oct 15, 2010
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5th met - walking (slowly!) without crutches after 6 weeks
by: Lu

Hi all

On 6th Sept I slipped down steps and landed badly on my left foot. This caused acute metatarsal fractures of the 5th (shaft) and the 4th (base) and (maybe) some damage to a cuboid bone - they weren't sure about that.. I sprained my ankle at the same time. When I was X rayed just after the accident, they missed the fractures and only spotted the sprain. So I was 2 weeks on crutches NWB with a tubi-grip for the ankle sprain. When I realised there seemed to be more than just a sprain (I still couldn't put my foot down after 2 weeks which my GP said sounded more like a met break) I went back to A&E where they 9reluctantly) looked again on X ray. They didn't think they could have missed anything the first time, but lo and behold, there were breaks there. So they put me straight in a plastercast for a week, still NWB. After a week they gave me the aircast, which I've now had for 3 weeks. It's better than the cast for washing, sleeping etc. It's going ok and I'm using the boot with crutches and getting round a bit. Crutches are tiring and hurt your arms and hands, but I put a few pairs of socks on the handles to help with the hands. You might feel silly but it does help!

Today, nearly 6 weeks after the injury, I started walking (well slowly moving/wobbling) without crutches (only indoors). I'm not going to overdo it as the doc said to use my foot 'as much as you need to, no more', and I don't know how well my bones have healed. It's really slow walking without the crutches but it's so good to be making progress. It is a really frustrating injury and I know it will be a few weeks before I'm anything like normal, but a couple of weeks ago i could never have imagined being able to walk even just a few steps without crutches, and now I'm doing it (a bit!) so there is hope - things can change quite quickly.

Treatment wise, all I've had is vitamims with D in and having lots of calcium. Also started rubbing comfrey cream on the ankle and foot. I don't think there's much you can do but rest, listen to the pain (don't do anything that hurts) and keep your spirits up. It won't last forever.

Best wishes all - keep positive.

Oct 13, 2010
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My Jones Fracture
by: Anonymous

My fracture occurred after a race on August 23. After an initial doctor's visit, I requested an x-ray, and when results came back, I contacted an orthopedic surgeon. He confirmed Jones Fracture and did surgery the next morning ( about 10 days after the injury). He seemed confident that putting in the screw and doing a bone graft would get healing jumpstarted. After 4 weeks in a cast, I went back for my checkup--no healing. He was surprised, but I am a 63 year old woman with osteopenia. He put me in a cast for another 4 weeks, but allowed me to put weight on my heel. I get my bone stimulator tomorrow, which fortunately my insurance covered. I'm beyond frustrated at the limitations on my life right now.I guess this is typical, but I guess both the surgeon and I were too optimistic. He thought I'd be in a shoe by Nov., but it's clear that that won't happen now. I don't have much pain--just an occasional twinge. By the way, I do use the Freedom Leg--expensive, but does allow some mobility. Has anyone had success with the bone growth stimulator?

Oct 12, 2010
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need advice?
by: Anonymous

I broken my metatarsal four weeks ago. Anyone know if it's okay to drive yet? My doctor said if it doesn't hurt then I can, but I'm still not sure if it's safe. Anyone tried this.

Oct 06, 2010
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Left Foot 5th Metatarsal Spiral Fracture Near The Neck
by: Moonriver

I broke my foot on Sept 2nd when I slipped on the stairs and lost bearing and ended up a few steps down the stairs with rolled ankle and foot.I instinctly knew it was more severe than a sprained ankle because I heard a crack sound and the pain was more acute. So I instantly iced and elevated foot until rushed to the ER room and got confirmed that it was a Metatarsal Spiral Fracture Near The Neck. ER gave me crutches & advised no weight bearing for a week. Went an orthopedic 9 days later when the foot was still swollen and bruised and was given Air Cast boot and told to gradually increase weight bearing by walking around with Air Cast Boot and possibly the help of crutches (The factured foot was wrapped in a tight Ace and cannot take off for the following 10 days). I walked about in the house with the doctor's stiff sole shoe and went out in Air Cast boot with crutches and I have to say I really LOVE AIR CAST boot. Made my life much easier to go around in NYC (taking bus to work with crutches in AIR CAST boot). 3 Weeks after the fracture, went back to get x-rayed and the swelling has reduced considerbly due to (blood circulation encouraged by partial weight bearing in a cast boot). No bone growth though, so the doctor told me to drink 1 quart of milk a day with Vitamin D (or 15 minutes of sun exposure). Little over 10 days after drinking milk and 4.5 weeks after the fracture, got X-rayed and the fracture site is showing BONE GROWTH. YEH!!!!. Downgraded into a cane (instead of crutches) and was told by the doctor to start physio and more weight bearing and MORE MILK. Will report later how it goes but looks like the plan is working. So partial weight bearing in a cast boot (AIR CAST) reduced swelling and drinking milk seems to really speed up the recovery. Hope this info helps all of you.

Sep 18, 2010
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5th metatarsal fracture
by: Thanuja

Hello everyone,

I'm on my 8th week and I'm walking now. No swelling, slight pain and feeling much better.
Still I'm little scared to put my feet and friends said that I'm hopping. Take your calcium, vitamin C and you'll be alright


Aug 17, 2010
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5th met fracture (Jones)
by: Sue

Hi everyone, I broke my 5th metartasil on July 5th and was in a hard splint for 6 weeks. Today, the doctor took an exray and said it was healing, but not completely yet. He prescribed a cam walker, and I am waiting for my insurance to pay for it. My insurance was cancelled on July 31st, with no warning, after I paid the August premium. I am waiting for the insurance company to call me back to let me know what the problem is. I am currently wearing an ace bandage until I can get a cam walker. This is a scary thing. I haven't walked on the foot in six weeks. I guess a few more days of inactivity couldn't possibly hurt. There doesn't seem to be any swelling and when the doctor touched my foot where it was broken, it didn't hurt at all so I pray I can walk again real soon. I was laid off from my job about 8 months ago and would like to get my life back real soon. I want to thank you all for your posts because they have kept me sane for the past 6 weeks. I hope you all recover real soon.

Aug 15, 2010
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trying to recover
by: Robin

Hi I broke my 5th metatarsal 5 weeks ago today i slipped on a wet tile floor went to the er told it was broke they wrapped my foot in an ace bandage gave me the ugly boot and a pair of crutches I then made an app with an orthopedic dr. who is great after 3 weeks on the crutches I graduated to a cane I have no more bruising or swelling still have the ace and the boot I go back to the Dr. on Aug 25th I have had exrays since and was told I'm healing I have been resting it and elevating it as much as possible I also added caltrait to my daily routine I'm hoping to be recovered by the end of the month when school begins keeping my fingers crossed.

Aug 04, 2010
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5th Metatarsal Fracture
by: Thanuja

I went to see the doctor after 9 days of my injury. He gave me Air cast boot and I'm walking around my house with help of a cane. I'll have to go back next week to show my foot. It is very boring to stay at home and doctor advised me not to drive my car. Hope next week I'll hear good news from him.
I spent my time watching movies,Tv and Internet,etc,etc....
Have a positive attitude and wish everyone speed recovery...

Jul 17, 2010
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Metatarsal right foot
by: Thanuja

I got a Metatarsal fracture on my right foot when I was playing tennis. I think the cause is I didn't tie my lace properly.Planning to visit doctor next week and don't know how long it'll take.

Jul 17, 2010
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Metatarsal right foot
by: Thanuja

I got a Metatarsal fracture on my right foot when I was playing tennis. I think the cause is I didn't tie my lace properly.Planning to visit doctor next week and don't know how long it'll take.

Jul 17, 2010
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Metatarsal right foot
by: Thanuja

I got a Metatarsal fracture on my right foot when I was playing tennis. I think the cause is I didn't tie my lace properly.Planning to visit doctor next week and don't know how long it'll take.

Jun 03, 2010
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Therapist needs therapy
by: Megan

It's been 6 months since my Jones FX. I have been out of walking boot for about 3 weeks now and have orthotics in sneakers. My foot still hurts after "light duty" work. Have to use heating pad almost every night. Sensation on lateral side of foot (pinky toe side) is definately different than rest of foot or non-affected foot. Doctor will NOT prescribe physcial therapy, after being non weight bearing for 4 months makes NO SENSE. Thanks for letting me vent and any advice is greatly appreciated.

May 21, 2010
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TO KELLYJ
by: Anonymous

Thank you! I did go to a podiatrist and he wasn't too keen on getting me back to shape I swear. I don't have any pain right now, though something was obviosuly wrong as i was in TERRIBLE pain before. I am thinking about going to a different doc in the coming weeks. I am scheduled for another xray on the 1st, 20 days after initial diagnosis. Either way, I called him and was like was this a misdianosis and was like, "no it is for sure a stress fracture". I am kinda stuck taking his word for it. Regardless, I hope to back soon as I am in weddings coming up and want to play soccer and softball I paid for already!!

May 20, 2010
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TO JOHN
by: KellyJ

First off sorry. That stinks. Ive been there. I know how u feel.
I find it odd that your Dr. Said that he couldnt see exactly what was going on. Was he a Podiatrist? IF not I would go to one. Second. I am shocked he didnt tell you to stay off of it.
3rd. No one can say for sure how long it will take. A lot of people take 6 weeks. Some can take months. I myself dealt with a broken foot last year. Broke it in March. Didnt heal. Had surgery in July. still took forever to heal and was finally able to go back to work In September. Hopefully u will be better in 6 weeks.
As far as alcohol,,They say it is not good. Neither is smoking. It slows down the process. Actually takes oxygen away from the foot I guess. There really isnt much u can do. There is a machine. called a bone stimulator that helps speed up time. I would ask Dr. About that. Like I said. If u havent went to a podiatrist go. Reg. Drs. know nothing. And If u did. I would go somewhere else that can actually see the fracture. Even if there is scar tissue They would be able to see it. I had lots with mine pre. surgery... I could see it just fine... so That is a red flag .

May 20, 2010
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5th MT FX
by: JohnE

I play soccer and am 25 years old. I broke my 5th MT 2 weeks ago today, though i didn't find out it was broken until a week ago today. The doctor "knew it was broke" by feel and said he couldn't totally see the break on the xray because something was covering it up on the xray. (maybe scar tissue???) I'm not a doc, I have no idea.. he told me that it was a stress fracture and that I should be in a boot for 6-8 weeks. He didn't say anything about crutches. I got crutches from a friend just a few days ago to 'hurry up the healing' and am trying to get back as soon as possible to play. Think I can be ready to play soccer in 4 weeks from now? 6 weeks? what do you got for me?

Is drinking beer/alcohol really going to affect the healing? Also, i don't drink much milk, what pills/vitamins are reccommended. I am sooooooooo depressed sitting in thsi nice weather that I might lose my marbles if I can't start running around asap!

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

May 20, 2010
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5th MT FX
by: JohnE

I play soccer and am 25 years old. I broke my 5th MT 2 weeks ago today, though i didn't find out it was broken until a week ago today. The doctor "knew it was broke" by feel and said he couldn't totally see the break on the xray because something was covering it up on the xray. (maybe scar tissue???) I'm not a doc, I have no idea.. he told me that it was a stress fracture and that I should be in a boot for 6-8 weeks. He didn't say anything about crutches. I got crutches from a friend just a few days ago to 'hurry up the healing' and am trying to get back as soon as possible to play. Think I can be ready to play soccer in 4 weeks from now? 6 weeks? what do you got for me?

Is drinking beer/alcohol really going to affect the healing? Also, i don't drink much milk, what pills/vitamins are reccommended. I am sooooooooo depressed sitting in thsi nice weather that I might lose my marbles if I can't start running around asap!

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

Apr 26, 2010
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6 weeks later
by: Greg

Hi, I'm Greg. I broke my 5th base metatarsal on my right foot 6 weeks ago today. I rolled my ankle very badly on a morning run (couldn't put any weight on my foot or heal) and after a couple of hours of RICE felt like something was moving inside (my whole ankle and side of foot was also very swollen), so took myself off to the A&E and after x-rays was told that the 5th base metatarsal was badly fractured in that area. Told 6 to 8 weeks in moon boot and crutches. Started taking homeopathy: Symphytum 30C daily for first week and then twice a week from week 2 to 6. I also took some Arnica 30C to reduce the bruising. Also started taking Calc Phos (Calcium Phosphate 6x) tissue salts 3x per day. (I started taking these supplements as my wife is studying homeopathy and I'm her test-dummy) My 2 week follow up showed good union and was told that I wouldn't need screw fixation. Kept weight off completely for next 4 weeks and started doing some basic ankle movement exercises (with boot off and foot elevated) for last 2 weeks. Had my 6 week follow up today and the fracture is healing very well. Told to start bearing more weight on foot by losing the crutch on my bad foot while keeping the boot on and eventually losing both crutches, still walking in the boot. It should take about a week to wean myself out of the moon boot completely. I need to do this as the x-rays showed that I've lost some bone density in this area (patchy bone) as I hadn't done a lot of partial weight bearing for the last 6 weeks and was completely dependent on my crutches. Hopefully not long to go before I can start running again.

Apr 12, 2010
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Hello Everyone
by: Rissy

I'm Rissy and I have a 5th MT FX. I am on day 10 since the break and I'm going crazy! My two year old has to be in daycare full time because I just can't look after him. Thankfully that is being paid for by ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) while I'm injured. I have been told to stay of the foot for 6 weeks and have crutches. I thankfully have a very good partner who is doing everything right now for us as a family.

Oh, all I was doing when I broke my foot was....well we were camping, which I detest! But because of my love for my family, I agreed to do it for Easter Weekend. Anyway, I was walking to the loo and my foot found uneven ground and just rolled over and down I went. I heard a snap as I went down and thought to myself 'nooooooooo'. It was my worst nightmare as I have a 2 and 5 year old to care for. Ambulance staff were saying it was broken and I was in total denial until I saw the xray lol. So that cut the camping trip in half woohooo! lol.

Anyway, I hope by now everyone is healing well. I'm on the countdown and I hope I'll be up and walking again soon.

Mar 29, 2010
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Fracture Base of 4th and 5th MT
by: Anonymous

On November 7th, I was wearing shoes with little support when I stepped off a high surface and rolled over my foot outward. After Xrays and MRI the Dr. told me the base of the 4th and 5th Metatarsals were fractured and that it was a bad injury where the joint articulates.
After six weeks in a cast, I wore a Boot until Mid Feb. I was told by my doctor that this would take a long time to heal. I still have pain in the mid foot but its when I lift off after stepping down or if I walk around too much. The cold rainy weather seems to affect it as well. The Dr. told me that this is likely to develop arthritis and a future remedy might involve injections and/or fusing the bones in the joint. Will let you know where I'm at in a few months.

This injury is painfully annoying.

Mar 12, 2010
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jones fracture
by: Anonymous

This is what I have learnt from my research and own experience. Having a jones fracture last year in June and then a re-fracture after a complete recovery.
Guys I know its a very long and depressing journey. For an effective recover you may have to make some serious life styles changes. For example change your diet, Cutback on alcohol, smoking and caffiene is a must. Take multi vitamins and eat a well balanced diet rather than just calcium nutrients. Hydrotherapy is helping me keep the swelling down. I do not know if it would work for someone else but I have also been taking Ginko biloba - I thought I makes sense if its good for circulation then my poor circulation would get a boost with Ginko supplement. Eating lots of fresh vegs and fruit reather than taking lots of vitamin pills is a better option.

If it is possible avoid taking pain killers as these have known to interfere with the bone growth. I wish Everyone a fast recovery. I pray to God that everyone gets back to good health in no time. Heath is weath.

Feb 21, 2010
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To Nancy.
by: KellyJ

NANCY---- Just read your comment from December. Glad to know u are walking!!. I had the gimp limp forever. Finally done with that. Every once in awhile I get an ache but I think it is like people say . the weather change does it. Idk. its not horrible or anything. Like u I dont think I will ever run a marathon. and Like u I never would anyways lol. Its so good to be up and about. I lost 30lbs that I gained from sitting on my butt for 6 months. so that is good. Hope your holidays were great. ---Kelly

Feb 21, 2010
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Green stick fracture on 5th metatarsal
by: Anonymous

Hello, four days ago i did a pirruette and rolled over pain started very bad but has gotten better. get an axray, guess what suspected fracture! they think this because of an abnormal feature called a contour. going to doctors soon.ont know if getting plaster. anyways, buh-bye

Jan 12, 2010
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Therapist needs therapy
by: Megan

Hi, my name is Megan and I have a Jones FX of left foot. I fell in a sink hole on 12-2-09 at work. I have been in a walking boot since the day of the accident. Crutches, then Roll-About Knee Walker Now the doc says I will need surgery because of non-union. Pins, plate and bone graft. I was told 3 months of NWB. How long can I expect after surgery to be in pain and HAVE to take pain meds thus not be able to work. I am being optimistic and hoping that within 4 weeks I will be able to go back to work using my knee walker. Any input is greatly appreciated.

Dec 23, 2009
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5th meta fracture
by: nicole

hi, everyone! i twisted my left foot due to falling and fractured the base of my 5th meta on august 4, 2009...on cast for a week and put on an air walker weight bearing as tolerated. foot wasnt healing well until nov. doctor said i was FULLY HEALED. it still didnt feel that ok but it was 3months, so i was out of the air walker and walking with crutches for two weeks and just used a cane for support even went back to work for 2 days a week for 3 weeks...having some pain still but i thought it was all part of it. it wasnt easy coz, i have to use public transport and there's a bit of walking...

on dec 7 it, it was hurting more so, i massaged it and my hand slipped and it was quite painful for a minute. then it was ok, no bruises or anuthing next day i went out walking but i was having difficulty walking at end of the day. i went to emergency dept on dec 9 coz i could feel sharp pain on the fracture sit and the doctor told me that i had a healing fracture, i compared the xrays on nov and dec and they are almost the same. how could previous doctor tell me i was fully healed, when it wasnt? now i'm back to air walker and non weight bearing plus crutches for 4 weeks!!!

im going back to doctor on jan 6, 2010. im very frustrated as i live alone and very isolated, no one to help me out. lucky there is the internet and online shopping that makes my life a lot easier. and i just bought an office chair to help me get around. i want to have a second opinion from an ortho but cant afford it. my doctor says its avulsion fracture but my fracture was at the base of the 5th meta, they're usually jones fracture. orthos im seeing at the public hospital doesnt help give me help much at all.

any advice or input from you guys would be appreciated. other people thinks that fracture heals in just 6 weeks, we all know that isnt the case. it helps a lot to know you know where im coming from.

Dec 17, 2009
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NANCY
by: Anonymous

Nancy I just saw your post from last month. I am so happy to hear u can finally walk!. How wonderful! I too have been walking for a few months now. It feels so good. I think it will be a long time before I can run a marathon though. lol ( Like I ever would anyways). I still have a tiny gimp limp as I like to call it but man I am so glad to be out of that hell. Hope all is well.
As for everyone else. Hang in there. Its a long road but with time and patience you will have your life back.
Happy Holidays. -kelly

Dec 17, 2009
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I empathize
by: lori

Hi everyone I to have a break on my fifth metatarsil right foot. It has been a long arduous recovery . I am on my eleventh week now . Had my six week check up and was wearing boot w crutches non weight bearing for that six weeks of course. Went back to Dr. and vwas told two more weeks on crutches non weight bearing and four weeks with just boot weight bearing. The bone stimulator was then added two times a day twenty minutes I am on my final two weeks w boot and have to go back to dr. 29th of Dec. Admittedly there is still some aching after being on foot for awhile but not as bad as at first. .I am so sorry when I read these stories and wish I could say something to help I dont know what Dr will say when I go Back. I do know it still hurts and I am believing God for a full recovery God Bless all of you Lori

Dec 17, 2009
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by: lori

Hi everyone I to have a break on my fifth metatarsil right foot. It has been a long arduous recovery . I am on my eleventh week now . Had my six week check up and was wearing boot w crutches non weight bearing for that six weeks of course. Went back to Dr. and vwas told two more weeks on crutches non weight bearing and four weeks with just boot weight bearing. The bone stimulator was then added two times a day twenty minutes I am on my final two weeks w boot and have to go back to dr. 29th of Dec. Admittedly there is still some aching after being on foot for awhile but not as bad as at first. .I am so sorry when I read these stories and wish I could say something to help I dont know what Dr will say when I go Back. I do know it still hurts and I am believing God for a full recovery God Bless all of you Lori

Dec 17, 2009
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I empathize
by: lori

Hi everyone I to have a break on my fifth metatarsil right foot. It has been a long arduous recovery . I am on my eleventh week now . Had my six week check up and was wearing boot w crutches non weight bearing for that six weeks of course. Went back to Dr. and vwas told two more weeks on crutches non weight bearing and four weeks with just boot weight bearing. The bone stimulator was then added two times a day twenty minutes I am on my final two weeks w boot and have to go back to dr. 29th of Dec. Admittedly there is still some aching after being on foot for awhile but not as bad as at first. .I am so sorry when I read these stories and wish I could say something to help I dont know what Dr will say when I go Back. I do know it still hurts and I am believing God for a full recovery God Bless all of you Lori

Dec 17, 2009
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by: lori

Hi everyone I to have a break on my fifth metatarsil right foot. It has been a long arduous recovery . I am on my eleventh week now . Had my six week check up and was wearing boot w crutches non weight bearing for that six weeks of course. Went back to Dr. and vwas told two more weeks on crutches non weight bearing and four weeks with just boot weight bearing. The bone stimulator was then added two times a day twenty minutes I am on my final two weeks w boot and have to go back to dr. 29th of Dec. Admittedly there is still some aching after being on foot for awhile but not as bad as at first. .I am so sorry when I read these stories and wish I could say something to help I dont know what Dr will say when I go Back. I do know it still hurts and I am believing God for a full recovery God Bless all of you Lori

Dec 17, 2009
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by: lori

Hi everyone I to have a break on my fifth metatarsil right foot. It has been a long arduous recovery . I am on my eleventh week now . Had my six week check up and was wearing boot w crutches non weight bearing for that six weeks of course. Went back to Dr. and vwas told two more weeks on crutches non weight bearing and four weeks with just boot weight bearing. The bone stimulator was then added two times a day twenty minutes I am on my final two weeks w boot and have to go back to dr. 29th of Dec. Admittedly there is still some aching after being on foot for awhile but not as bad as at first. .I am so sorry when I read these stories and wish I could say something to help I dont know what Dr will say when I go Back. I do know it still hurts and I am believing God for a full recovery God Bless all of you Lori

Nov 28, 2009
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Injuried in Egypt
by: Anonymous

Hi, 52 and on an adventure in Egypt I broke my 5th MT on the 3 day into a 14 day trip.
Home to an xray to show the break. A fiberglass cast was put on to just below my knww for 3 weeks. An x ray showed some healing at the inner part of the break. Another fiberglass cast for 3 more weeks. On my back the entire time. Now at 7th week went home from Ortho with an Ace Bandage and a velcro cast, very heavy, painful to wear. Not to step onto my foot. Yesterday I was out of bed for 4 hours sitting at the dining table w/leg up. In the middle of the night I was awoken with such burning in my. Taking off the cast and bandage I found a bright dark red foot throbing.
The pain was horrible. Did anyone else have this happen once the cast is off? What did you do?
I'm suppose to be like this for 3 weeks then she/Doc says I'll be in an ace bandage and my shoe. Is she kidding??? Thanks for the space and the outlet.

Nov 11, 2009
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I can walk !!!
by: Nancy

Hi Kelly....and others.
Here I am, 4 days away from the one year mark of my date of fracture.....wow, imagine? And I am still not back to work.....just about though. I see myself back in about 2-3 weeks.....if my job is still there, I say this because there have been massive lay offs since I got hurt, I work for a car manufacturer...so....nuff said. I have been on unpaid medical this whole time, and surviving due to my angel boyfriend.
As far as the foot goes, it is much, much better since the hardware removal. I am still having a little discomfort, but nothing like before. I have been completely out of my Munster boot for 8 days and I haven't used my cane at all yet and am hoping to not have to. I have much more stretching and strenghtening to do, but the more I walk, the better it will be. It just feel so good to have free hands!!!
I wish I could help you out, Caroline....but the 3rd metatarsal is something I know nothing about, you should seek a second opinion though. It's been 6 months for you and nothing has been done.....you can't go on like that.
I hope everyone else is doing good, it's nice to come on here and check on folks. I'll be back Kally, good luck at work, you'll be up to 5 days in no time. I'll let you know when I am there too.
Nancy :)

Oct 16, 2009
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FRACTURE UNDIAGNOSED AND UNTREATED
by: caroline

hope someone can help me, l fractured my third metarsal on 28th May, l dont know how was out for a walk and l felt searing pain, at first dr diagnosed cellulitis then in july x ray showed a healing fracture, this was so so but end august pain and swelling arose again to cut this short, had x ray two weeks ago, gp referred me to orthapaedic unit at hospital who have given me moon boot for 4 weeks then if no success a plate will need to be put in, my question if anyone can help is (1) the pain is greater now l have a moon boot on at the site of fracture, is the normal whilst the foot is re-aligning and (2) they did not tell me to stay off work so l commute by train - is this normal - has anyone else had somethinglike this

thanks

Sep 27, 2009
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Sry Jay... Forgot to add..
by: Kelly

As u may have read with all of us in past posts. Heal time can vary.. The Dr.s Tell u about 6 weeks till u can start walking again.. But To some it can take months. I had my surgery on July 7th. I am now just starting to walk.
So It really depends on you. My Dr. told me that I was his only patient that was taking so long, But as I learned from this site there are many many like me...

Sep 27, 2009
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HI NANCY !!
by: Kelly

Good to hear from you. I didn't see your recent entry. My lordy girl!!! I thought my foot was a big ta doo...!!
I am going back to work On Tuesday. After my last post I started to be able to walk on it FINALLY!!!!! It still hurts my ankle. The actual spot where my screws are at in my foot feels fine though. So that is a good sign.
Dr. said My ankle is going to be a bit sore for a few months and swell due to surgery and not being in use. It feels so good to be out of the boot and walk. Its amazing the lack of muscle.
I am going to take a cane to work with me just incase by the time I get off work its really sore. I am starting back very slowly though. Only 5 hr days 3 days a week. Hopefully all will go well.. Time will tell.
I understand what u are saying about going to therapy. I might do that. I am going to see how the next week go's. I still have to pay a co-pay. And with being out of work really since about March (accept those few weeks I went back) we are pretty dang broke as u can imagine!!!.
And let me just say OMG!!!! that is crazy about your "new friends bone" in your foot... Creeepy.. I had a blood transfusion when I had my son and I thought that was weird... I couldn't imagine that... Made me laugh though haha... To weird. So ur Like a Dead man Walkin... Always on death row....ha....
We all have sure been through some stuff hugh?
I don't go back to Dr. For another month (unless something unfortunate happens) My foot is almost 100% healed. I still have been using the bone stimulator.. Better 2 be safe then sorry..
I gained so much wait being on my butt all these months.. Can't wait till I can get on a eliptical and walk my puppy around the neighborhood. one day at a time........
And I agree.. I would like to stay in contact so I will be back here... Good luck. Talk with u soon.

Sep 27, 2009
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To Jay...
by: Kelly

Hi Jay... I am sure It all depends on where u live. My Actual Surgery Cost me over $15,000. That includes everything. and my Insurance covered all but about maybe about 2 grand.I live in Indiana. Hope that helps.

Sep 26, 2009
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How much cost surgery for fracture of the base of the fifth metatarsal.
by: Jay

Hi
I am new here. I would like to know approx cost of having surgery of base of the 5th metatarsal. How long will it take to heal? Please help

Sep 25, 2009
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Hi Kelly
by: Nancy

It's good to see you on here again Kelly. Glad to hear you are doing better.....but.....as this pain the butt injury goes, I wish we all were dooing better.
I was wondering, you said your Dr. recommended exercises for you ankle and calf, is there anyway you could go to physical therapy, do you have insurance that would cover it? I had been going twice a week for 3 months when we realized I was in limbo and needed to have the hardware removed, and still need much work done to regain what I had before it all started. It will take you forever on your own and you may never achieve it without professional guidence. Even if you just see a therapist for a consultation to see what exactly you should and more importantly, should NOT be doing. You do not want to injure yourself by not knowing what you are doing.
Good luck,
Nancy

Sep 21, 2009
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Kelly From Above Entries.
by: Kelly

Well.. I am 11 weeks Post op... 11 weeks. And I have still yet to be able to go back to work. I am a Hairstylist so its quite the predicament as U can Imagine.
I got the go ahead to be able to walk a week and 1/2 ago. Yet. my ankle will not allow that to happen. I broke my foot on March 13 (fri. the 13) and lets just say that my poor ankle and Calf has not seen muscle in a long time. I can walk a little bit with no crutch help but then it starts hurting and I have to grab a crutch for help. My Dr. Is having me do some exersices to help try to build the muscles back up in my ankle. Hopefully Soon that will happen. I have been out of work for 6 months because of my foot. Thank goodness my work has been behind me through this. Unfortunetly I am sure I will be losing clients over it.
The Dr. Said my bone is still not all the way healed, but it was enough to be able to walk on it. I guess getting 3 screws and a plate helps the fact that It aint going anywhere.
This has been such a long process. To anyone that goes through this in the future. I say give it 3 or 4 weeks in the beginning MAX to heal. If it does not heal at all by then do surgery.. I delayed the inevitable for so long.
Good luck to everyone.

Sep 21, 2009
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Believe it or not
by: Nancy

Hi gang, it's Nancy...hi to my old friends like "Kelly" and new one's like you "Annette" I am sorry to say "Welcome to our club"
I haven't written since June. I have been trying to get off my cane and had been going to PT twice a week and doing my exercises vigorously three times a day as I had to learn to walk again after being casted for 3 months, as you aleady read.
I have some news for you all....last Tuesday marked the 10 month anniversary from the night I originally broke my 5th met. and Friday the 18th, I underwent my 2nd surgery on this damn thing....yup...you read it right.
I was not getting any better, in pain every time I stepped on it, couldn't walk without support of the cane, it ached like a tooth when resting it, etc. My Dr. did an MRI and a CT scan and came to the conclusion that there were two things going on. 1) The washer head on the screw was irritating the bone and cartilage around it. (my screw needed a washer on it due to how soft my bone was and because of the gragh they did, not all screws get a washer) and 2) the area that they took the bone gragh from in my foot, was not healing correctly. This area should have healed over smoothly by itself by now, but is jagged and is keeping everything around it inflamed....so the answer was to go in, remove the hardware and fill in the cavity of the bone gragh are with a filler to help it fil up and heal faster. Now here's the part that will get you guys...guess what they use for the filler???
Cadaver bone!! Yes, you read it right. I have a dead persons bone in my foot. Isn't that wild? The stuff they do....hey, talk about "one foot in the grave" lmao
We've come up with a bunch of them, how about "I'm dead on my feet" lol. Bet you all have one while you are reading this. But seriosly, it is a bummer to be back in tis position after ten months of this. Right now I am in a ace bandage wrapped around bandages that are around the incision and am NWB. When I get the stitches out and the swelling goes down I will go back into my Herman Munster boot.
I have to say though, writing to you people on here and reding about your trials and tribulations has helped me as well.
We have all helped each other, I will always read this and keep in touch and hope the familiar names on here will too.
And before I go if I could just say to Donna...the person who said to you that 3 months in a cast is too long is right. I had to stay in my cast from Feb. to May after the first surgery.....I lost the use of my entire leg. I had to learn to walk all over again. The atrophy I suffered was horrific...please scroll back to May and read my post about my leg coming out after 72 days.....and the blood clot issue is real too.
Please don't do that, you are asking for trouble.
With that said, I will give all of your eyes a rest from me now.
Take care, Nancy and "whoever's in my foot with me" lol

Aug 21, 2009
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5th metatarsal break
by: Anonymous

I broke my 5th Met. in the left foot on Aug 3 of this year. I did the same thing to my right foot in 01. I have extremely high arches, arches that are just completely different. I had a pin placed in the right foot in 01, no problems. I had a pin placed in the left foot on Aug 4 and was in a cam walker, no weight for 4 days. I went back to the doctor and I am in a cam walker for another 3 weeks. Then, more than likely, released. No pain, at all, no swelling, healing great. Excellent physician.

Aug 18, 2009
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Another Kelly Saga
by: Annette

You know I meant to change that title of my initial post to, "Another Nancy and Kelly Saga"! Got so caught up in my ordeal!!

Kelly, thank you as well for your candor in sharing your ordeal!! I guess I am not the "rare case" my Doc thought I was!!! :0)

God Bless you all and good luck in your healing process!!

Annette

Aug 18, 2009
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Another Nancy Saga
by: Annette

Oh my!! When I was told last week that I may have to undergo a bone graft/screw surgery on my broken left metatarsal, I was horrified! I went on my own search for what exactly it is I would expect and "Thank God for the internet", I found this website!!

I broke my FEET falling down the stairs at home! My left foot suffered the broken 5th metatarsal and the right foot suffered a bone chip that actually healed in just over 8 weeks.

The initial injury happened on May 2, 2009. I was given a walking cast, wheel chair, crutches, and VICODIN!! I was told to come back in 6 weeks, June 11, 2009. There were no changes to the x-rays. I was told to come back in 4 weeks for another evaluation, July 8, 2009! My right foot was given the "thumbs up!", good to go! The left, NO change. This time I left the clinic with a bone stimulator, a cane, and a brand spanking new left walking cast. I was told to come back in another 4 weeks to see how the "88% success rate" bone stimulator worked. I returned on August 5, 2009, NO change! My Orthopedic Surgeon informed me that he is going to have to perform a bone graft/screw surgery! I was horrified! I did not quite understand the whole, "I need to graft some bone from your hip process"! Maybe it is not that I did not understand it, maybe it was that I did not want to hear it!! I am told that some sort of fiber/cartilage somehow grew and now has connected the broken bone!! My doc told me to wear normal shoes and as long as I can tolerate the pain, do whatever I want to do...run, jump, whatever! If it breaks or tear he will be forced to go in and do the surgery! I am told to come back in 4 weeks, September 8, 2009 (if not sooner-if I break it before that) and decide on when I want to undergo this procedure-if I even want to!! It is all up to me! Reading Nancy's comments have really helped me to understand and better prepare myself for this!! Nancy, thank you for your candor in sharing your ordeal!! I guess I am not the "rare case" my Doc thought I was!!! :0)

Aug 11, 2009
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both feet
by: Donna

Hi folks, this site is wonderful. I feel out of a boat July 26 and broke bone below big toe in rt. foot, and jones fracture in left foot. I am in a boot on right and cast on left. doctor says i may need surgery, but i opted to see if it heals on its own first. I am not to put any weight on casted foot, which is hard not to do. Dr. says I will be in cast probably 3-4 months. A friend of my dad's works with another orthopedic surgeon and he says that is too long in the cast. chance of blood clots and will have to learn to walk again. My dr. is removing cast every 2-3 weeks to re x-ray, but do any of yall know if this is normal time or not?

My mom and husband have been geat with helping me around house and with bathing etc. My mom cooks for us every nite. She has been a blessing. I am 52 and a stay at home wife, but i also suffer from migraines and fibromyalgia. they have really flared up during all of this. at least i have the good pain pills to help.

Aug 10, 2009
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Broken Foot Bones
by: Anonymous

Had 1 bunionectomy and 2 revisions on same foot.
Have yor doc order a BONE GROWTH STIMULATOR 3 rd surgery and healed the bones in 4 weeks miraculous.

Aug 10, 2009
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Broken Foot Bones
by: Anonymous

Had 1 bunionectomy and 2 revisions on same foot.
Have yor doc order a BONE GROWTH STIMULATOR 3 rd surgery and healed the bones in 4 weeks miraculous.

Jul 11, 2009
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Bonnie
by: Kelly

Hi Bonnie.. I am so sorry to hear about your fracture... Its aweful...I am Kelly from the Above entries.. If you ever need to talk this is the place to get things of your mind and vent!.
Well.I hope u don't go through what I had to or some others did.. Hopefully u will heal fast..
Make sure u do tell your Dr. about your slow healing from before. I was off work for 8 weeks no pressure before I finally had surgery. If you are not healing at all after 4 or 6 do the surgery. Cause it will have to be done I am sure.
I just had surgery and got 3 screws and a Metal plate in my foot. I tried everything to prevent having surgery but in the end it had to be done. Also ask about a bone stimulator.. It is a device that u just slide over your foot that stimulates the bone. I wish I would of tried that in the beginning.and DON'T put any pressure on it AT ALL!.
I wish you lots of luck and I will be thinking of you.. Keep us informed on what the Dr. said!

Jul 11, 2009
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NANCY
by: Kelly

Thank you so much for your kind words.. I am so happy u are finally getting around.. Its been such a long road for you..Even if you do feel like "house" lol... U get to finally experience some freedom... That is so great!..
Thank u again.. That meant a lot.

Jul 11, 2009
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5th Metatarsal Break
by: Kelly

Kelly here again From above entries..
Well It is now day 4 after surgery. I am doing ok. I am on Oxycodone for pain. They gave me 30 pills that I am supposed to take every 4 hrs.. I now have 8 left... I have been taking them every 3-4 hrs.. Even through the night I wake up and take one for the pain. I am trying to not take as much these next few days so they last me till my Tuesday check up, but They do help. Its amazing after about hr #3 or 4 how I need another one.. The pain is bareable with them. But U all werent kidding when u talked about getting up and gravity taking over. Even with no pressure it sure can hurt. Especially if The meds are not in me really well. The best way I can describe it is someone playing "pull the stitches" as I crutch across the floor. I have learned that having my foot more out in front of me and up a bit as I crutch does help though. Luckily since I was stuck at home for 8 weeks previously I got used to crutching all over so I am used to them. Meds got me tired and a bit loopy.. But better then a lot of pain.. It is going better then I thought though. Waking up from surgery was aweful.I was so uncomfortable, nautious, and I thought I couldn't breath.It was torture. I just wanted to go home. I am very thankful that I am doing good though.. Tuesday I go for checkup so I am hoping the Dr. Will give me some more pills cause they help so much. Even though I do not care how they make me feel I would rather feel no pain.. So we shall see.
Started period yesterday... JOY JOY... I guess better now then on the surgery table eh? But Those pills are taking away any back cramps that I might be having.. I have been sleeping a lot.. More like cat naps here and there.
Dr. has got me in a splint type cast wrapped all up. I still see the dye stuff that they use to clean ur foot up before surgery. Its all over my toes... I tried to clean them a bit but wtf ever.. Who am I trying to impress..... I washed my hair and did the clean down with the wash cloth yesterday.. That was quite fun... My husband told me he would of helped but that just seems weird.. I will wait till I am old and don't know better for that one....
All in all I am not doing really bad...I think its mainly because of these great pills he gave me.. God love my Dr...
Well.. I will write back soon and let u all know how things go....

Jul 10, 2009
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Just happened
by: Bonnie

Hi,
I fractured the base of my 5th metatarsal left foot yesterday delivering a get well card to our neighbor who broke his hip. I missed the step on their cement patio.(They were not home and I am lucky that I was able to get myself home.) I went to the ER today and am currently in a foot splint until I see the ortho on Monday (2 more days). I had no idea that this injury was so notoriously hard to heal. I just finished treatment for my varicose veins (9 months)so I know that my blood flow to the area is already weak. I have written down all of your helps and if there are any specific questions that I need to ask the ortho on Monday, please reply.
Thanks, Bonnie

Jul 06, 2009
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two weeks to go... hopefully
by: Anonymous

I just came across this page. I suffered an avulsion of the 5th met in my right foot on 6/8/2009 and i'm beginnning to go a little bonkers. The doctor has been good, ordered a walking boot, NWB for the entire time (which is not easy) and prescribed a Exogen 4000 bone stimulator to facilitate the healing since this area has a reputation for a poor blood supply. I'm a healthy male, 36, very active and eat very well (no fried foods, protein shakes, lean meats, etc).

For the most part i've been in good spirits and I owe a lot of that to my wife, who has been doing everything - taking care of me, walking the dogs, taking care of the kids, etc. Two of the hardest things are taking a shower on one foot and guse the mens room... again, standing on one leg is not the easiest.

There is no pain at all and i keep praying that at 6 weeks he tells me I'm healed and can begin putting weight on my foot. The worst part of it all was a flare-up of gout in my left foot, which made crutching for 10 days very painful.

I keep telling myself things could be worse. Just needed to post on a place where people know what i'm going through...

Jeff

Jul 01, 2009
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Good Luck to You Kelly
by: Nancy

Sorry to hear about the surgery, but you ARE doing the right thing. I cracked up when you said maybe they could throw in a used TV. You'll get a kick out of your X-Rays, be sure to ask for a CD disc so you can e-mail your friends and creep them out. Hey, you need something to look forward to. Please, when you are feeling better, let us all know how you are doing, we are all cheering for a speedy recovery. I am out of my Ortho boot now and into my sneakers in the house, but ankle high work boots outside with a cane, I feel like "House" and sometimes, I think I am as grumpy, lol.
Write soon, Nancy

Jun 29, 2009
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5th Meta Break
by: Kelly

Hello ..It is me Kelly.. From above entries..
So... Its decided.. Surgery next week.. Yep..I am finally able to get around on it and be normal ..
It needs to be done though.. I broke my foot March. 13th (friday the 13) and I was in my boot for 10 weeks. Finally got out of it because it wasn't hurting bad and was able to work for a month...
Well.. not anymore.. Its been aching the same amount and also it has been swelling up on me do to the break... It is still broke with scar tissue forming in the middle.. So.. Dr. Decided this was best option... Bad news indeed..
So he is going to take bone out of my heal, re break my bone in my foot.. Put the bone in the middle of that, put at least 4 screws in there and a metal plate.....
Yeah.... Thats what I thought.... WOW.. Anything else he wanna jam in there.. I used TV perhaps?
He said Screws are the best option..
So.. Here I am Starting over... After 4 weeks of freedom I get to go back to the couch and become a hermit... Not to mention the horrible pain I am sure to feel..
We gave it a try though... I was trying to do everything in my power not to go through surgery. Unfortunetly my foot had other ideas for me..
At least I got a nice vacation From it all....
I mean.. maybe not the pain and the swelling but.. I was able to walk for 4 weeks on no crutches.. Be a normal person and enjoy life once again....
Well.... Wish me luck... As soon as I am able too I will update and tell everyone how badly I wanna stick a knife in my eye... haha....
I am going to enjoy this last week of walking ...

Jun 24, 2009
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My update, 7 months out.
by: Nancy

Hi everyone, it's me, Nancy, from the above entries. Well...as you may remember, to make a long story shortfor 6 weeks, no union. Booted for 6 weeks, no union, surgery in Feb, 2 inch screw put in plus a bone graph, then casted for.....get this.....3 months!!!! Yup, Feb 19 till May 4th, OMG, horrible, just was a slow healer.
Then booted until.......YEsTERDAY!!!! YAHOO!! So my night out dancing cost me 7 months, one week and one day with this thing and I am not done yet. Unfortunatly, the muscle atrophy I have suffered as well as the stiffness of all those pesky little bones in the foot & ankle that were not used for 6 months before starting PT, have much more PT to go.
I am now walking in contruction boots (ankle support) with a cane, until my jello type leg gets stronger. My two legs next to each other look like they do not belong on the same body, lol.
But I just wanted to say thanks to all of you who's letters have helped get through this since we found this place back in Feb. I hope you all do well with your recoveries and to anyone who reads this.......when they mention surgery as an option......it is inevitable and IS more than likely, the means to an end of the fracture. They don't want to do it right off because, believe me, I can't vouch for the pin surgery....but the screw, which is 2 inches long at least and has a head on it.....is the most painful surgery I have ever been through in my life and that includes a mastectomy. But if the surgery is mentioned......as much as it sucks, just get it done & over with, cause then it'll all be behind you, like me.
Now..one other last thing.....I was casted for 3 months after the surgery because of my "unusual slow healing" that does not mean that anyone else would be casted for that long, the usual casting after the surgery is 4 to 5 weeks, ok?
So, with that said, I am going to "walk" out to the fridge and crack a beer!
YEE HAH!!!
Love Nance

Jun 19, 2009
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5th Metatarsal Break
by: Kelly

Update..
Well I never had to get the scooter.. A week after my last post my dr told me that I could start walking with the boot.. Since I didn't have any pain in it, It still was broke however. I was able to do that for 2 weeks then I went back to dr. and He told me I can walk without it. That was about 3 week ago.. I am currently using nothing... It is still broke. It aches but does not Hurt...(mainly my whole foot, not the spot area) However the area does hurt a little at times.. I am still limping a bit.. the last week my limp has disappeared more. I have been getting swelling in my ankle/foot area.. Now my other foot is hurting from putting so much pressure on it.. Both of my heals have been giving me problems like crazy.. Dr. said that Is normal that it is new baby skin...
I go back again in 1 week . He said one of 2 things are going to happen (at last appt. he said this) either 1. That it will keep feeling ok and get better and scar tissue will form around the break and I wont have problems with easy breaks and such in future. Or 2.. It will continue to get worse feeling and we will need to rebreak it and put pins in it... EXICITING! NOT.... So I am hoping for Option 1 of course.. But I think I am getting worse not better.. I would think that this swelling is not good and after working a 10 hr day standing up on a broken foot U can Imagine how lovely my feet are hurting ..so .. Who Knows. People keep saying I should Go get a second Opinion but I know what my second opinion would of been and will be..Surgery of course.. I am trying to avoid that..... So I have been dealing with this since March 13th now.. And I am over it.... But at least If I do have to have surgery I got to be able to walk for several weeks.... :o)

Jun 19, 2009
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think wellness
by: Anonymous

Hi Everyone!
I just had my injury 2 weeks ago. My doctor gave me a CAM boot, and did not tell me to "stay off" of it. Now, 2 weeks later, I see no improvement and after reading all of this I can see why. I am already going stir crazy but I am making a committment today to just do nothing and try to get this thing better. He said 4-6 weeks and I don't want it to me 4-6 months!!!
I wish you all a speedy recovery. Remember our brains are a big part of the process, so think happy thoughts and "see" your self well.

Jun 19, 2009
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fracture of 5th Metatarsal
by: Julie

Hi I fell over in March and fractured the 5th Metatarsal, with pain and swelling could not walk. I had a temporary cast for 5 days and did not walk at all. A week later went back to hospital still could not walk and it was still swollen with bruising now I was put in a plaster cast for 6weeks and 2days! and crutches. I was given a little unattractive rocker type shoe so at least you could get about. I went to work like it and got about but with pain. When the cast came off and I had yet another xray the fracture had opened up so I then wore an air boot for a further 4 weeks. It was more comfortable to wear and walk about. No driving.
Went to the hospital again and after 2 more xrays the bone has not healed so in 6 weeks when I go back I have been told that we may have to pin it after all this time. So if I were you I would rest up more in the beginning these things take etime to heal, I am walking loads at the moment and I worry that if I trip up or whatever I can dop more damage? if that makes sense. I have felt very frustrated with all of this :(

May 21, 2009
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Outta that cast
by: Nancy

Hi everyone, I finally got out of that cast after 72 days, or 12 weeks, or 3 months...however you say it, too damn long!! My leg is pathedic lookin, the difference in measurement between my ankles is one inch, my calves, 1 &1/2 inches....so you can just imagine the atrophy that took place in that amount of time. I have a long road ahead of PT, I am in a walking boot now, not sure for how long, 4 weeks at least for first post cast removal check. My leg and foot hadn't experiened touch in so long that the sensors in my skin were really messed up, the gentlist touch felt unreal. Needless to say, the temperature sensors were so out of whack, what felt like cool water to my right foot and hands, felt scorching to my left foot, like burning ya tongue on hot chocolate. That was the hardest thing to deal with the first few days. I am going through vigouras PT, it took 4 days just to be able to position my foot to get it into the walking boot from the way it was in the cast. I am still on crutches starting to put more weight on it slowly, I should be able to put the crutches down by next week. Although, having been on them since last November 15....my freinds kid, will I have balance on my own? So, all in all, my 5th metatarsal incident will pretty much have been a 7 to 8 month battle by the time I see my PT ending and this effort to walk not being on my agenda every day. We are going to a wedding in a few weeks and freinds have informed me, I will be tied to the chair for any dancing I want to do.....and ya know what? That sounds good to me and that nice, shiny screw in my foot. I have danced my last dance.
I hope you are all doing well today, and are able to be closing in on an end to your suffereing too.
Take care,
Nancy the 'former dancer'

May 03, 2009
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Hope you all get better soon!!!!
by: Kaylee2263

Just want to thank everyone for your comments and advice that I have read from other members. I have a long way to go I just broke 2 of my metatarsals and wrenched my knee on the same leg. I hate crutches (doesn't everyone though!!!)
I can't be fitted for a cast yet because my foot and leg are still to swollen..I did it on April 23, I get my cast this coming Friday..(happy happy joy joy, NOT LOL!) Will be on approximately 2 months maybe more from what the dr. said, then a month of phyical therapy, well thanks for letting me vent!! I hope you all get well really soon, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy!!! Take care all.

May 02, 2009
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me to
by: hurry up and heal

I'm a 46 year old mother, I fell coming into our house and broke my 5th metatarsal on Feb 13, was but into a walking boot and crutches. A week later I went to orthpedite surgery and he said the sure cure was to have surgery. On the 24th of Feb I had a screw put in and on the 29th I fell on my crutches on broke the metatarsal on the left foot my surgeon said he would do surgery on this foot when I can put weight on my right one. He stated that that area is very hard to heal and this is the only true fix. On May 8th I go back for another x-ray to see how my right foot is healing I have two walking boots right now and am depending on a wheelchair for long distance. So hang in there healing is a long process. PS I have two children getting married on on May 30 and the other July 4.

May 02, 2009
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by: hurry up and heal

I'm a 46 year old mother, I fell coming into our house and broke my 5th metatarsal on Feb 13, was but into a walking boot and crutches. A week later I went to orthpedite surgery and he said the sure cure was to have surgery. On the 24th of Feb I had a screw put in and on the 29th I fell on my crutches on broke the metatarsal on the left foot my surgeon said he would do surgery on this foot when I can put weight on my right one. He stated that that area is very hard to heal and this is the only true fix. On May 8th I go back for another x-ray to see how my right foot is healing I have two walking boots right now and am depending on a wheelchair for long distance. So hang in there healing is a long process. PS I have two children getting married on on May 30 and the other July 4.

Apr 28, 2009
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Hi Sheila and Kelly
by: Nancy

Hi, Sheila, oh I wish so much I could've gotten that scooter that you told us about a while ago, I wrote back then and said due to being out of work with this stupid injury, I just can't afford it, hopefully Kelly, you'll be able to get one.My hands are raw from crutches.
I am 12 weeks out from surgery for the Jones fracture, you can go back and read my story if you want. I am still in a cast, hopefully to be removed on May 4. This has been just awful, a 6 month ordeal for me having done this on 11/15/08.
Surgery was 2/9/09 and I hope if you do have to have it, you have the pin, like Sheila had and are like her in 12 weeks, not the 2 inch screw cause if you read about my surgery......very, very painful. Like Sheila, I too, went through Breast Cancer. In 2005/06 I lost a breast and had Chemo and Radiation and this has beaten my spirits down worse, it just won't end! I keep telling myself, well, it could be worse, it could be Cancer again and there are other people with worse problems than this, but I still have my moments when the lump comes up my throat and the tears swell out my eyes. I'm human I guess.
I wish you all out the all the good luck you can get. And everyone, please cross ya fingers for me on May 4th that this cast comes off and I can go into the boot for the next phase.
Thanks, Nancy

Apr 26, 2009
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by: KellyJ

It would be impossible to go back to work until I can stand on both feet. That was what I meant. I can't go back to work until then... yeah I looked up that scooter It looks like it would help a lot. I am going to call a couple places in my area tomorrow and see if they have them. If not I will see about ordering one online to rent.

Apr 26, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Kelly,

If you want to and have to continue to work, you will need to use your imagination and get with Dr. about your limitations. Being a hairstylist, the problem is going to be having your injured foot off the ground by either kneeling while working or sitting real low and elevating it out to the side. But then your clients would have to be practically sitting on the floor otherwise you would have to be perched way up high! And you don't want to fall on your broken foot. This is a tough one. The scooter thing I rented has brakes on it so that it can be in a still position and you could kneel or sit on that. Kneeling would bring you at a decent level for doing hair I suppose, but you would have to stretch out and really move that bended knee and leg around a lot during the day to get the circulation going. You can do it! I guarantee that if you go and visit a local med supply store that has these scooters and you try one out, you will want to get one to get around. Look up online the one I used. It is made by Essential Supply Company and is called the Free Spirit Knee Walker. Sheila

Apr 26, 2009
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To Sheila
by: KellyJ

sry about spelling your name wrong.
I can't believe how long the healing process takes and how long u still have pain afterwards.
I am wondering Since I normally work 35 hrs a week and almost all of them are standing when I will be able to go back to work, at least my full working schedual. I guess that all depends On If this bone heals enough in the next couple weeks or If I am going to need Surgery. I feel Like I should just have it now except I want to try to avoid surgery at all costs. I hope you are 100% soon. You are right This is aweful. In my heart I know I have so much further to go..
I tell Ya I don't think I will ever be the same After this.

Apr 26, 2009
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Ty Shelia
by: kellyJ

Ty for telling me about the scooter. Hopefully My Insurance will pay for it. I am hoping so..Me being out of work For so long I am not sure If we could afford It. I have a one story myself Thank Goodness. It is good to know that It goes ok on carpet too. I was wondering about that. I am going to look into it within the next few days and see how I go about getting one and If my insurance will pay. I think It would be a lot easier In the house. I get SO tired and HOT with The crutches. It wears me out. Its so hard to know I have so much longer to go.. Amazing what one bone can do to ya...

Apr 25, 2009
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For KellyJ
by: Anonymous

Hi,
Read your post again completely and I was one of those who posted about the scooter. I have a one story house with hardwood floors and carpet and was able to almost everything i.e. carry laundry, cook, carry drinks, prepare stuff, water plants, whatever.
Husband and two teens helping me out wore out real quick once they saw how good I was getting around on the scooter though. I was pretty much on my own which was okay. You can't do anything with crutches. I paid $75 per month for the scooter I rented from local medical supply store. Had a little tote bag on the front and I would put the house phone and my cell phone it that and just ride it around all day. Leg that rested on it would get cramped a lot and swollen due to lack of circulation so stretching it out and exercising that leg is important because you basically aren't using it for two months (at least that was my non-weight bearing time) after pin put in. I would be curious to see your xrays and the break. I am sorry that if you have to have a pin put in now that you have "wasted" a few weeks, so get that resolved asap. Take care, Sheila

Apr 25, 2009
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Broke 5th in Jan/Surgery Immediately
by: Sheila

I posted weeks ago about how renting a "scooter" device saved me physically and mentally while waiting out 7 weeks non-weight bearing time period. Only way to survive at home and out in public. Get a handicapped parking sticker too.
I broke 5th met Jan. 24th. Total ugly break up near toe - no alternative but to have surgery to put pin in. Surgery 4 days later, rode scooter around for 7 weeks, pin removed on March 18th. Graduated to big Herman Munster black boot with aide of crutches, lots of ice, elevation, etc. for two weeks. Ditched crutches and graduated to smaller, more comfortable flat hard soled orthopaedic shoe on April 13th AND put Dr. Scholl's arch support gel pad in there for my high arch. Very comfortable. Go to physical therapy once per week (total of 3 times so far). Massage foot, stretch, range/strength exercises, learn how to walk again, some limping, etc. As of two days ago, which will be 12 weeks POST OP, I am wearing tennis shoes, flip flops or barefoot.
Feeling about 85%. Got okay to ride a bike and go swimming. Still get sore, swollen. Still needing rest and ice. Surgeon says I will not be back on tennis court until June 1st and then only taking one step in either direction. May be able to run on tennis court July 1st. I think so. Long, long process although bone will be better than original you broke. When I first saw DR., he told me this process was going to be at least four months start to finish and I just hit three month mark getting to wear real shoes. You can function - you have no choice. This has been worse for me than surgeries, chemo, and reconstruction from breast cancer in 2004-2007. This has been a pain in the arse. Scooter is called a KNEE WALKER. You kneel on it with your bad leg and push yourself around with your good foot. I was able to do almost everything around my house and then throw the thing in the back of my SUV and go to the store, etc. Got lots of looks and sympathy too. Best wishes to all. Sheila

Apr 25, 2009
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Broken 5th Metatarsal bone..
by: KellyJ

Well.. After reading this I am glad to know I am not the only one going through This.. Although I am sorry other people are. I broke my My 5th Meta. bone on 3/13 walking down some steps and missed the last one. I am A Hairstylist so I have not been working since then. I have been In a removeable boot cast with no weight baring. I went to The dr again 2 days ago and He said It is not Healing. In fact he said It looked Like it was a wider break from the last 2 xrays. I do not understand How this can be. I have been extra careful not to harm it. The only thing I can think of Is that I did something while I was sleeping. He told me He wants to see me in 2 more weeks and If it has not showed enough Improvement by then I will need surgery.. Hearing how Painful this can be I am not the least bit excited about it. I Have always had poor circulation In my legs Even when I was a child. I get white spots on my legs and feet from it that show. I am assuming this is part of the reason.I am 31 and Other then Smoking ( which I have cut back a great deal due to the fact that it slows down healing time) and I also have hypothyroidism I am in perfect health.. I am shocked that after all this time I still have no Improvement and It is even worse then before. Has anyone had surgery? How long did it take to put weight on it after? I am hoping that It wont take much longer.. I have decided that I am going to check into one of those scooters that someone mentioned if I need surgery. I am so sick of crutches and this house.

Apr 23, 2009
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Spell Check
by: Nancy

Wow, you'd think my fingers were all fractured with the jumbled up words in that last entry, I was in such a hurry to answer that poor person, I just went like a maniac on the keyboard I guess. I meant a "good' Orthopedic, obviously, lol....and a "Jones" fracture. Being stuck in the house for five months, I am a chatterbox when given a chance to talk, it would seem, things are no different, when I am talking with my hands.
Hope you all at least got a chuckle today.
Nancy :)

Apr 21, 2009
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If I were you....
by: Nancy

Hi,
Sorry you were injured with this nasty injury and I hope you are feeling a little better however......if I were you I would see a "goog" Orthopedic and be sure it doesn't need to be casted. If that heals wrong you are in for a world of hell. You can go back up and read my nightmare ride, I am Nancy who factured mine dancing back on November 15th of 08 and am sitting her this morning still in a cast after surgery 10 weeks ago. I can't even imagine how awful for you with your other injury and having the crutches be an issue, you poor thing!
But please, don't sit around in a chair thinking this will get better by itself, see someone else before you are months or years into this and still writing in here! Good luck and please come back and let us all know how you are. We don't know each other but I sure find comfort in knowing that what I am going through is not unique to me, although I feel terrible for you others, I feel relief that there isn't something wicked wrong with how I am dealing with it all, that it's "just the way it is" sometimes with this damn Jaones Fracture!!
Take care, rest easy and please see a specialist ok?
Nancy :)

Apr 11, 2009
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5th metarasal
by: cjn

ijust broke mine on tues 4/7/09I have been in the recliner for 4 days mine isn't that painful unless I put weight on it I was just walking at our lab went around the corner of the desk to go draw another patients blood when I fell I had rolled my ankle for the 3rd time in 10 days though my concern isthe ortho dr says to wear a firm sole shoe I could only find a shoe( sneaker) for my foot nothing will fit I have wide feet and I have difficulty finding shoes How long will it be before I don't use a cane to assist me in walking, my foot is staying cold most of the time i couldn;t use the crutches because of a rotator cuff repair a yr ago so I have had a couple injuries that has effected this one should I get a ortho dr to look at this instead of my fam dr just talking to him over the phone even though he was reading the report while talking to her

Apr 08, 2009
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To Paul and the 2 anonymous writers who follow
by: Nancy

Hi,
It's Nancy again, you're probably tired of me and my foot but....
First off Paul, I am hoping that your nerve block surgery went well and that you are finally having comfort, Please update us when you feel up to it.
Wow, what stories!
This has turned out to be my support group in a way and I thank you all for taking the time to write about your misfortunes with this terrible injury.
I too stepped off a step and rolled my left foot, no ice or anything, I was dancing...and ok, had a beer or two, lol. But really, just stepped down wrong is really all that happened. Spent 6 weeks in a cast, then 5 in a boot before it was decided that the union was not happening without a screw.
I am 8 weeks out from having a screw put in my 5th metatarsal for a Jones and 5 months out from the actual date of the fracture.
I thought the cast would come off yesterday and I would go back in the boot for a few weeks but I am having to stay in this cast for at least 3 more weeks, making this an 11 week post op ordeal, (if it comes off then)
I also have been using a Bone Stimulator Ultrasound machine that I apply through a window that was cut into the side of the cast 3 weeks ago, to speed up the healing of the bone around the screw. Rest assure to you all that for some reason, the bone in my foot is soft, my make up I guess. And this is what is taking the healing process so long after the procedure to join the fracture with the screw.
But wow, This happened on 11/15 and next week is 4/15 and I have been on these crutches for a long time now but I have become quite talented as to what I can do on them. So to you that are bummin, try and make the most of what's happening to you. Now that the short, cold days of winter are over and Spring is here, try and look on the bright side....the worst is behind us......if you have written here, we can only get better now.
Hope you all are up and running soon.
Wish me luck in 3 weeks and I'll pop back to let ya know and check on you guys too!
Nancy :)

Apr 07, 2009
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Broken 5th Metarsal
by: Anonymous

Hi,
I am a 36 year old, very active and healthy woman.
I broke my 5th metatarsal on my LEFT foot on Feb. 14, 2009 falling down one stair in my house (nope, no ice, no excuse... just rolled it). I thought it was just twisted or something, walked 1.5 and then worked out on it. Well, it swelled and later that day I went to the ER to learn i broke the 5th met and it was an avulsion/tuberosity or something. Definitely not at jones but could possibly need surgery if it ended up being a non-union. I was very specific with the DR to tell me my limitations b/c i will work through pain and have a high threshold for pain. Anyway, i was in the boot for 6 weeks, crutches for the first 2 weeks. After learning about the break (reading posts like this), i decided to get another opinion. So I have x-rays from Feb. 14 and March 3. They said on March 18 no need to do more x-rays.. take off the boot on March 29 and your fine. No need to follow up.
So it seemed off to me but i eased myself into walking w/o the boot. Well, blessing in disguise, I hit my foot with the car door (on my Birthday mind you) March 30. Back to ER and they found the first NEVER healed!
As I recounted this long story to the ortho surgeon she was amazed at how the other 2 docs treated this.
I am in the boot and crutches again for 4 weeks. I feel this is overkill and i don't think i need the crutches... seriously the pain isn't bad.
I called to see if i could go w/o the crutches but wanted to see if anyone else has had to be on them this long when the pain isn't all that bad?
Sorry so long@!

Mar 26, 2009
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Worst injury ever!!!
by: Anonymous

I broke the base of my 5th metatarsal in may 2006 after falling down the stairs at my in-laws. At first we all assumed it was just a sprain so I didnt see a doctor. well about 4 months afterwards I began having horrible pain, I went to a podiatrist and he told me I was walking "funny" thats why my foot hurt. so after probably another year I had an x-ray that apparently showed no break, but i still had this pain. Well I finally got fed up and demanded that my family doctor order another x-ray. She did! And not surprisingly it showed a severe break of the fifth metatarsal. So I was then refered to an orthapedic surgeon who told me that the break was indeed visable on my first set of x-rays, and because it had been broken for so long without treatment there was now cysts developing. He decided to cast my foot, walking cast for 6 weeks. After 3 weeks I went back because I had a blister on my heal, the doctor then decided that casting it was not the best option because of the cysts it wouldnt fuse. He took the cast off and told me "if it gets really bad we can refer you to a specialist" I was furious and did not leave his office until a referal was made!! Shortly after I had a call from the specialist saying his wait time was 3 years!!!! So once again I decided to take this into my own hands and I called every hospital within 10 hours of here and found a surgeon that would see me in 2 months.....great!!! I had my appt with him on jan 19 2009, he said that I could possibly wait up to 1 year for surgery, but after reveiwing my file he called and had surgery booked for feb 13th 2009....Thank god!! So i had surgery (bone graft, screw, pin, and cyst removal) I have been NWB since and still will be until probably May. So I guess I dont really have a question or anything I guess I just needed to vent all of this to people that understand the frustration of this break. The total time of my life that has been dedicated to this stupid break is now going on 3 years!!! aqnd I am fed up!!!

Mar 24, 2009
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5th metatarsal
by: Paul

Nancy

I am sorry to hear that you still in the cast.I know how difficult that is. i was on crutches about 7 months.
To answer your questions:
It's been a year now since i broke it. It was a simple Dancer's fracture.(i fell off the ladder at work) It almost healed in June but then my employer make me go up on the ladder again regardless my "light duty" limitations and i broke the bone in the same place(he was really mad at me for filing workman's comp though). Then they put the cast on me for 2 months, then a walking boot etc., etc.. But after the second breakage i got constant pain in my foot(24/7) In September my doc. gave up and send me to foot specialist. New Doc. said that bone healed wrong and since it's a bad place for a screw the only option is to cut the bone off. But the pain just got way worse after the surgery.
He diagnose me a week ago with "Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy". Gonna have Nerve Block next week.((((

Mar 24, 2009
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Tiny Dancer Again
by: Nancy

Just reading your awful comment , yes, I watch HOUSE all the time, that is really awful. I am curiuos, how you broke it, it was a break? a fracture? Were you casted, did you have surgery? If you go back up, you can read my story and then a part two, I am Nancy above. I am into my 4th month of this nightmare. It is my left foot, as you will see if you go back and read. I am still in the post op cast, surgery was 2/9, they put in a screww about 2 inches long. This cast may come off 4/7. Last week, they cut a 'window' in the side of the cast for me to insert a small probe type ultrasound device. It is attached to a Bone Stimulater Ultrasound machine and I have to do this once a day for 20 minutes, it counts itself down. This will be for about 4 weeks. In all I have read, I haven't seen anything about cutting bone out, that's why I am interested in your story. My bones are very soft they say and that's why my healing is just not happening. I have been out of work since this happened in November cause I stand up all day. It is a very stressful and painful experience for me. If it wasn't for my boyfriend's love and support, I really don't know what would happen to me having to live with this.
Please, if you feel up to it, answer back, when you can?
Thanks and I hope you feel good today,
Nancy

Mar 14, 2009
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Fracture Base of 5th Metatarsal Right Foot
by: Anonymous

I broke my 5th metatarsal in Apr. 08 then i broke in again in June, then my Doc. removed 1/3 of the bone and now (if you've seen House TV show - thats the way i walk ) I feel like the whole foot is on fire while walk, can't live my home without the cane and i'm only 23. Sucks.
Anyone else exp. the same thing?

Mar 01, 2009
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Daughters 5th meta fracture
by: mel

Its now seven weeks since my daughter had her plaster removed after a green stick fracture. Took her back to the hospital because I was worried about the fact her foot was still hot, swollen and going purple. They said she had become hyper-sensitive to the elements.(heat, cold and even the light) Told her no athletics for six months and it should right itself. I wasnt happy with this so I took her to a private hospital. They checked all the pulses in her foot and leg, even did an ultra-sound. Turns out she should have only had the plaster cast on for a max of 3weeks and as it was plastered for six weeks it has restricted the blood flow returning up her leg. She has to do plentry of foot excersises and swimming to get the blood flowing which should help her circulation return to normal. Follow up in six weeks. Makes me question the NHS in Britain.

Feb 26, 2009
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For TERES68
by: Sheila

Hi,
You really should rent one of the scooters like I have used the past month (plus two more weeks).
It has literally saved me physically and mentally.
I scoot around my house using my good foot and leg (one-story wood and carpet floors).
Best of luck to you. I go today for one month post op visit. Hope that pin he put in there is doing
it's job!

Feb 26, 2009
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Fitth metatarsal fracture
by: Teres68

I broke my 5th metatarsal bone in my left foot on 2/15/09. I had surgery on 2/20/09. Childbirth was not this painful!!! I am fine if i keep my foot up, but when i have to get on my crutches for anything the pain is back. My doctor told me that i cannot put any weight on my foot for 3-4 weeks. I am a single mom of two girls 11 and 14. I wake them for school in the morning and get them off to school. I have figured a trick that helps me get around the house a little better. I use my office chair to get around my dining room and kitchen, so I can do some cooking. Being home by yourself for 2 weeks now is enough to make you go crazy! Since I need to work I am going to try going back to work part-time next week. I'm not sure how well that will go but I am going to try. This forum has been very informative.

Feb 23, 2009
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Two weeks out
by: Nancy

Two weeks out from the surgery to have the stainless steel screw put into the 5th metatarsal
in my left foot. Am finaly managing the pain better. The stitches were removed on day 10 and the foot was put into a regular cast again. I will have a window, cut into the cast, tomorrow, at the incision area, to which we will be applying a bone stimulator ultrasound routine for the next 5 weeks. We will be taught how to do and bring the device home with us. We will apply it to the area once a day for 30 minutes until the cast is removed. After the cast comes off, I go back into my boot again, I am not sure right now of how long.
Thank you Sheila for your advice on the scooter,if I wasn't at the tale end of my disabilty pay from work, I would consider renting it to make things easier for me. Being on crutches since November 15th has been no picnic, but on the up side....my arms are really strong.
I will be out of work for a lot longer with no compensastion, as I did this dancing.....although, it was our company party which is kinda funny, hey too bad they didn't have it in the Cafe.lol
Good luck to all the people who are here reading our messages, may we all soon be back on our feet,ha ha

Feb 20, 2009
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4th Week of Non Weight Bearing Pin In 5th Met
by: Sheila

Having to read and write on this message board is not a good way to start off 2009. If anyone needs to get around non-weight bearing, you have to rent the scooter device that is available at the Medical Supply stores. Mine is called a Knee/Ankle/Foot Walker "Free Spirit" by Essential Medical Supply. It has four wheels, hand brakes, and a raised up padded 8 x 10 inch "seat" that I kneel on with my booted broken foot hanging off the back. I push myself around with my good leg and foot. The scooter is very light, so people lift it in and out of the car for me if I want to go anywhere - which isn't very often. It gets me around my house though and out to the mailbox and outside some. $75.00 per month. Has kept me SANE!
Now, with a pin placed in during surgery to repair my broken 5th met bone, will I ever be able to play tennis again? I played well and a lot :(

Feb 12, 2009
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Save the last dance for me.
by: Nancy

My boyfriend found this page for me and I was amazed to see how many of us there are. I feel better knowing that what I am going through with this injury,is, well, what is suppose to happen. But I feel wicked bad for all of you people.I am 49 years old and in good shape.
I was dancing on November 15, 2008 and stepped off a step wrong, rolling my left foot and fracturing my 5th metatarsal. After I was x-rayed, I was put into a cast for 6 weeks of non weight bearing fun. I was told right off that when the cast came off, I would go into a walking boot for 6 more weeks as I gradually put weight on it. So I knew from the start it was going to be about 3 month ordeal. Well, I had the cast removed on 12/29 and much to our surprise, the x-ray, 6 weeks later, was a mirror image of the original, there didn't seem to be any healing whatsoever, going on. I went into the boot for 3 weeks and then another x-ray, and same thing...this fracture just was not doing anything. It was here to stay, unless I had surgery. I wasn't looking forward to it, but what could I do? I need to walk and I am already going out of what little mind I have left, for I have been out of work with this injury due to having a stand up job. I had the surgery on 2/9/09 almost 3 months after the inital fracture. The Ortho surgeon did a bone graft along with the stainless steel screw.....this is day 3 and I am still brought to tears when I have to put the leg in a downward position to get to the bathroom, etc. It feels like shards of glass are ripping at my foot when gravity pulls on it. I am still taking the maximum dosage of pain meds I can and hoping to start to cut back, starting tomorrow. I have had surgeries before and didn't need to stay on the pain meds at the max for this long. This injury has been one of the most painful, discouraging and aggravating experiences I have had in my life, I am going on 3 years now of fighting breast cancer,
and believe it or not......this 5th metatarsal is beating me down too, just in a different way. And when I take my first, unassisted step, I will be careful not to jump for joy......and for the record, I have danced my last dance as well.

Feb 01, 2009
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5th meta
by: mel

My daughter had a green stick fracture of her 5th meta in november and was in a cast till Jan. When she had the cast removed I noticed her leg and foot were going red. Later that evening her foot was a scarlet purple colour and I took her back to the hospital. It has been 3wks since her plaster was removed and her foot still keeps swelling and when she stands still her foot starts going purple. Is this normal - I am concerned because where her foot was fractured has lumped right out and the hospital said it may not of fixed in the right place but they will see her again at the end of June.

Nov 07, 2008
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5th Metartarsal bone
by: Fran

I fractured my fifth metartarsal on Sept 7 on a cement slab that covers my septic tank in my back yard.
I have been in a cast boot since then and today 2 months later the doctor said I can start putting a little weight at a time. If it starts hurting to ease up on the weight. But he didnt say anything about theraphy.
This fracture seems to be common.

Oct 24, 2008
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Fractures are the worst!
by: Anonymous

I fell and fractured the fifth metarsal in the left foot, I had surgery last week Thursday. According to the Doctor the surgery went well, metal plates with screws and wire to align the bone. I was advised to stay off my feet for 10 days and to return to the doctor to follow up. The first couple of days or so the pain was awful however if you mediciate as instructed it gets better. So hopefully the doctor will put me in a boot for the next six weeks and I will be really be on the road to recovery. So, I will definitetly follow the doctors order because my future depends on it!!!!

Sep 29, 2008
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How to cope with 5th meta break--Cabin Fever!
by: New Yorker

I managed to fall down the stairs of my own home while running for the doorbell and have a 5th meta break, a Jones. I have been in the anklehigh bootie for about 4 days and am already going bonkers as cannot really get out and about, and I figure the more I rest it the better I will be, so am ordering in from the grocery store instead of going out, cancelling appointents, working from home. How are you all coping with the feeling of being penned up? Reading these posts I cannot imagine going through this for as long as some people are.

Sep 11, 2008
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My 5th metatarsal break
by: Anonymous

It was great to read current posts on a 5th metatarsal break. I broke my right foot in April of 2008 in four places. The 5th metatarsal has still not healed after 4 months of non-weight bearing using a RollerAid (HIGHLY recommend as an alternative to crutches and most insurances will cover the rental fee)and one month in a walking boot. Surgery will be next week. The Dr. will be taking a piece of my heel bone to fuse the break and hold it together with a screw. I asked to have the surgery at the beginning, based on the non-heal rate, but my Dr. wanted to take a conservative approach. So, now I am looking at 2 months of non-weight bearing and 6-8 weeks in a walking boot. Sigh! 2008...the year that wasn't!

Sep 06, 2008
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Post - Op pain
by: Bart - SII

The first week is usually the worst following surgery - the body is going through an active inflammation period, so swelling and pain are at their highest. Within that period, the third day is often the worst because the anesthesia is out of the system. He should start to improve over the next few days.

Continuing with the pain medication on a regular schedule will help with the pain, and he should be able to start decreasing their frequency in a couple more days. The increased pain when he puts his foot down is likely due to swelling and the foot being in a gravity dependent position. It does get better though with time.

Bart

Sep 06, 2008
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Jones Fracture
by: Lori

My son just had surgery for an acute fracture of his 5th metatarsal.

I was wondering if anyone else out there who has had surgery could tell me how long he is going to be in pain from the surgery. He is about 72 hours post-op right now, but still needing the pain pills every 4-6 hours. He is upset because he is missing school and is out of football now for the entire season.

We have had him on the couch with the foot totally elevated for 3 days now. He has a lot of pain when he puts the foot down. Does anyone know how long this will last?

Aug 08, 2008
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I understand what you're going through
by: Anonymous

I also am suffering from a fracture at the base of the 5th Metatarsal of the right foot. In fact the fracture was overlooked and I tried to walk in agony for 2 1/2 weeks before insisting on repeat x-rays, as the doctor said there was no break shown on the initial x-rays.

From all of the reading I have done, all fractures of the 5th metatarsal are not Jones fractures, it depends on exactly the region that the break is. If it is a Jones fracture though, like the other poster had, it is notoriously hard to heal as they indicate due to low blood suppy in this region of the foot.

I am on crutches now and in a cast but have not yet been seen by an orthopaedic surgeon to diagnose exactly the fracture I have. All the doctors I have seen are not foot specialists, and you really need to see someone who understands the feet.

While I appreciate your hardship, I really recommend you take this break seriously and get off your foot, as not letting it heal properly could affect your walking gait for the rest of your life.

I understand what you're going through and I'm struggling myself without much help, but my main focus is on healing so I can get back running.

I am also having to work but luckily my bosses understand I need to sit and keep my leg up.

I recommend you take calcium (in spray form as it absorbs better) and symphytum (to help heal the bone) if you can find this. Really eat as well as you can and lay off the alcohol.

All the best. It helps to know there are others out there who know how tough this is. I'll never take walking for granted again!!

Aug 05, 2008
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Walking options...
by: Bart - SII

you might talk to your physician about possibly being fit with a walking boot. A full length "moon boot" should allow for adequate healing, while getting you off of the crutches and able to do a little bit more of your daily activities.

Whether this is a good idea really depends on where the fracture is, how much pain you are having, and your physician's philosophy for treating fractures...but it is worth a try.

Bart

Aug 05, 2008
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ouch.
by: Anonymous

ahh. jones fractures are tricky. You'll find alot of information about them on this site though! I'm a 16 year old soccer playing female who has had one HECK of a summer dealing with this annoying injury. The doctors told me The only way for it to heal and be normal again again (not only play soccer, but walk pain free) was to stay off of it for a number of months while it was casted. take off the cast, see if it healed. if it did, great, time to start rehab. If it didn't...more cast time. I've talked to poeple who were on cruches for a very long time. Partially because the blood flow to that area of the foot makes healing difficult. ahg. luckily theres another option, in which i took, which was surgery. About 2 days after I obtained my injury, I had a surgery which put a screw in my foot. It was casted and I stayed off of it for 6 weeks. And FINALLY got my cast off last week. Now I'm in the walking boot and busy in physical thearpy putting about 25% of my wieght on each day, and working on a number of other leg/ankle strengthening excersises. hopefully I'll be walking soon!

But to me this injury is just plain annoying. My doctor and pt are VERY conservative, and while re learning to walk, and run when the time does come, If I feel ANY PAIN... I have to stop all weight baring for about 3 entire days. Talk about taking 5 steps forward and feeling like you fall 10 steps back.

But Over all, I can feel myself getting better everyday. I'm doing great! and this sight helped me out aton when I didnt know that much about what was happening to me.


In conclusion, I believe you should see a doctor, and get your options. Every injury is different for every person. But I dont think theres a way for it to heal or be right ever again unless you stay off of it.

Best of luck.

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