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Broken 5th metatarsal 6 weeks ago...

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by sherree333, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. sherree333

    sherree333 New Member

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    Hi there,

    I broke the 5th metatarsal in my left foot 6 weeks ago(August 16th,2011). The first week I was in a splint and tensor with crutches, the following week they put my in an air cast and told me I could weight bear on the heal, with crutches.
    September 13th, they x-rayed my foot and told me they couldn't see the bone but said it was in a good position, in other words not pulling away from the bone area.. In fact, a better position then before the break.

    The Doctor told me I could go without the crutches and graduate out of the boot depending on what felt right for me. Since then I've kept the boot on for long distance and extended times of weight bearing. I've been walking around my apartment without the boot.
    Yesterday I decided to graduate from the boot. It's tolerable, but there is a bit of pain where the break is. I'm only walking on it when I need to and sitting most of the time. However after sitting for awhile my broken foot falls asleep. I am wondering if this is a normal side effect from having not use it in so long.
    I pretty much have most of the answers, but I am not back to see the Doctor until the 8th of November.


  2. mathsolver

    mathsolver Guest

    Hi, Sher (or is it Sherree). I hope your are feeling better since/after your last appointment(s). How did the treatment go? I wonder if the foot falling asleep [tingling] is a symptom of your broken bone. Fifth metatarsal non-unions can occur in roughly half of all patients. This is evidenced by x-ray readings/interpretations and can include nerve pinches (complete or non-complete pressure, restricting normal feeling) or even capilliary blood flow death. This isn't usually a serious, toe-threating, complication(s), because capilliaries have an engineered resiliance and will form new structures to make up for the loss.

    Gotta go. TTYL

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