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Fifth Metatarsal Fracture 23 wks later

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by lisa cohen, Mar 5, 2023.

  1. lisa cohen

    lisa cohen New Member

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    I broke my 5th metatarsal mid shaft - dancer's fracture - (while dancing) almost 5 months ago. On the second x-ray, about 6 weeks ago - the fracture still showed on the x-ray, although it was certainly more aligned than the first x-ray. At that time, I was told I needed another 4 weeks to heal. For a total of 4 months of healing. I am still limping around and suffering pain on the side of my foot at 23 wks in - on the bottom of my foot and sometimes at the toe. Mostly when walking, but sometimes also when standing and even when sitting. I am also experiencing some mild tingling while wearing the sneaker. (the doctor recommended Hoka, which is the only shoe I wear).
    My healing regimen was wearing a boot for about 6 weeks and then into hard soled sneakers. no surgery. If anyone has any comments to share, I'd appreciate it. Thx.
  2. poddoc

    poddoc Guest

    In a quick look on the internet, I found two different definitions for a dancer's fracture. One was an avulsion fracture at the base of the metatarsal, in the middle of the foot. The other definition was a spiral fracture around the head of the metatarsal, just behind the toe. Where was your fracture? Are you having pain at the site of the fracture, or somewhere else. Tingling is a thing that does not usually happen with bone injury. Has the tingling been there since the injury?
  3. lhc

    lhc Guest

    thanks for your response.
    i have a spiral fracture - but it's closer to the mid shaft than to the toe. pain is pretty bad today.
    i'm going for a ct scan next week so the doctor hopefully will have more information.
    he can't explain why i still have pain.
    took an x-ray a couple of days ago and still shows the fracture. almost 5 months in. i did have some intermittent numbness in the foot before the fracture too.

    thanks again.
  4. Lhc

    Lhc Guest

  5. Lhc

    Lhc Guest

    I have pain on the side of the foot, at the toe and back n the bottom of the foot - all close to the 5th metatarsal. Thx
  6. pod doc

    pod doc Guest

    Fifth met fractures are hard to heal when weight bearing. Motion at the fracture site will delay healing and can lead to mal union or non union of the fracture fragments and this is what you are looking for with the CT. Mal unions will tend to be painful at the location of the fracture.

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