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5th metarsal break - 4 ml of left foot

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by tmac16, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. tmac16

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    Hello,

    I fell down the last two steps in my home... did not go to the doctor right away. I iced and elevated my foot and the next day made an appt with my GP. She believed it was broken, it was a little swollen at the time and some discomfort - no extreme pain. I received 2 scripts for crutches and a walking boot. She then sent me for a stat x ray where it was determined I had a 5th metarsal break (4 ml) of my left foot. This was on Friday afternoon. I contacted medical supply company from my insurance and had crutches delivered, no walking boot was available. I iced and elevated my foot the entire weekend and then had an appt with an ortho this afternoon. He did not touch my foot just viewed the x-rays and stated that my foot go into a flat shoe (metatarsal shoe) it turned out to be too small my toes hanging over. I insisted on a larger size - they did not have one... I then asked for a walking boot, was instructed on how to wear it... I was told to wean myself off over the next month until my appt in one month. Needless to say, I thought the doctor would of touched my foot and asked if I was in pain (thank god I was not). If there is a break - does a cast set the break?? The doctor told me this would heal on its own.... Can a 4 ml break heal on its own???
     
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

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    If a fracture is visible on x-ray, what would be gained by attempting to elicit pain by poking it. I don't understand why you say, "If there is a break," as that seems to have been determine by x-ray. "Setting" a break implies that there was displacement and that the fracture segments had to be manipulated into place. This is termed "reduction" of a fracture. If there is no displacement, no "setting" is required. The purpose of a cast is to keep the fracture segments aligned and in place for optimum healing. I assume you mean 4 mm and not 4 ml, but I don't know if that is the length of the fracture or the amount of gaping of the fracture segments if there is any.
     
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