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Fractured fifth metatarsal - no cast

 
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Shelley



Joined: 09 May 2007
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 4:25 pm    Post subject: Fractured fifth metatarsal - no cast Reply with quote

Hi all, I realise there's been lots of threads on this particular injury so sorry for the repetition.

I found out last night that I have fractured the base of my fifth metatarsal and was given no cast and no bandaging for it. Everyone on here who has suffered the same injury seems to have been given a cast and I am really concerned that by not having one, I could damage my foot further, its painful enough as it is! I'm scared to do anything in case I bash it. Is it normal not to have one? Could this create any longer term problems for me?

I would really appreciate your opinions...
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LizzyG



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 12:17 pm    Post subject: No cast for poor old me Reply with quote

Hi Shelley

I have exactly the same concerns as you. I broke my fifth a week ago. The hospital's nurse practitioner confirmed that it was a common type of fracture, and gave me nothing but crutches and painkillers. She said it would be more hassle than it's worth for me to have a cast for 6 weeks and I probably don't need it. It's probably the same for you but if you have any concerns then don't be afraid to go back and discuss it with your doctor. Maybe you shouldn't read the next part if you want to calm your worries.

I'm now very concerned that I've injured myself further. I've been resting it for a week now, and have suffered swelling, bruising and a lot of pain. Yesterday I curled my toes for the first time and felt something pull out of place. I now have a bloody great lump coming out of my foot and have got numbness down the whole side of my foot. I have a check up on Monday and will get it x-rayed again and I'll let you know.
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Shelley



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi LizzyG,

Thanks for your reply. I am now 8 weeks into the injury and visited the hospital on Friday for a check up and to get another x-ray. Apparently my foot hasn't healed as quickly as he had hoped so is talking about having to operate to get a screw put in. He wants this to be the last option so is giving it another 5 weeks to recover and if it hasn't made significant progress in this time, then they will operate. I've been signed off work again for a further 6 weeks! I cant believe it, I am going stir crazy being couped up in the house all this time!

Sorry to hear about your injury. If it makes you feel any better, I also have a lump at the side of my foot - I think its just the injury and where it is healing. Swelling, bruising and loss of circulation are pretty common I think - I too was worried about the numbness I experienced, but I was told that its to do with the bruising and the blood not being able to circulate as effectively. Good luck today, let me know how you get on - hopefully you have been luckier than me!!!
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nelverly93



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Shelly. I also am eight weeks into fifth metatarsal brake. I am going for a second opinion tomorrow because 1 doctor says surgery and the other in the practice wants cast plus 4 more weeks. I need to get back to work. i too feel the bump. X last Xrays showed no progress

regards

Nelson
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koorahk



Joined: 29 Jan 2008
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Location: Greater Manchester, England, UK

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: 5th metatarasal fracture Reply with quote

Rolling Eyes
Hello, I am new to this forum. I fractured my 5th met on 8th Dec 2007 when my weak right ankle gave way and my foot rolled right over, whilst dancing.I had a lower leg walking cast applied on 11th Dec and crutches, for 6 weeks. The cast came off last week and I am waiting now for a physio appt. X-ray showed healing but fracture line still evident. I wasn't given any info as to what I should and shouldn't do, other than no driving for at least 4 weeks and no going to the gym for 4 weeks. I wasn't given any further support by means of bandage/tubigrip etc and my foot/ankle feels so weak. I was however told to keep using the crutches when needed
Whilst in the cast I became great at getting around indoors without crutches, weightbearing etc, and towards the end of the 6 weeks not much pain, just the odd twinge. Since the cast came off, I am back to needing crutches indoors and outdoors, partial weightbearing a lot of the time, cannot get my usual shoes/boots on, pain on and off every day - along outside of foot/ankle, swelling and generally feeling quite down and frustrated. The dr discharged me from the fracture clinic.
At the moment I don't feel that I will be back to normal in 3-4 weeks time!
Can anyone give me an idea as to whether or not what I am experiencing is usual or not after this type of fracture? Any comments etc welcome!
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footie



Joined: 02 Feb 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shelley and Lizzy,

I'm not an MD, but that definitely doesn't sound right. If you had an XRay that confirmed a fracture, you definitely need something to keep your foot stablized, whether it be a cast, boot, splint, whatever. I would go to a different doctor PRONTO!

Good luck!!
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koorahk



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:18 pm    Post subject: # 5th metatarsal Reply with quote

Shocked Hi Everyone! Hope you are all healing!
My attempt to get a physio appt has become a saga! I just am not destined to get physio! I # 5th met on 8th Dec, in cast from 11th Dec - 22nd Jan and 'urgent' referral sent to physio that day. Waited 3 weeks and nothing so phoned physio - not receieved referral! Eventually, I was given an appt for Fri 21st Feb, 8.30am. At 8.45am was told that appt shouldn't have been booked as Claire was in training and all her appts should have been cancelled! Managed to speak to Claire and explain the problems I was having and she agreed to see me at 10am. So, David and I went for a coffee and i did some gift shopping in the hospital shopping plaza! Claire was really nice and very good. I've been having problems, for past 2 weeks, with increased swelling, pain on activity and even when resting, especially at night. I have also gone over on my ankle and frequently put my foot down awkwardly. Trod on a cat toy the other day and rolled over on my foot! One of my Korat queens, Lali, has 3 x 6 week old kittens, that are just beginning to play and they are in our bedroom.
I then found out that no-one can find my notes!! AAaaagghhh!! I give up!!
So, I spent another 10 minutes having to give my medical history - I have a long term kidney disease (LPHS), explain how the injury happened, what was done, what the consultant said etc! As soon as Claire saw my foot, she could tell that all wasn't well. She was very thorough - did a movement range test, felt over the painful areas and asked if she could let a senior physio have a look at it. Paul was also very good. He spent quite some time talking to me and palpating, very gently, my foot and ankle. He advised Claire to refer me back to the # Clinic asap. He was also very concerned about the increased pain, swelling, bruising.

So, I am back to partial wt bearing and using crutches indoors as well as outdoors. I have another physio appt at end of March, so hopefully the #Clinic appt will be within the next 2 weeks.
I also have an appt for the Osteoporosis Clinic, next Thursday - I'm over 50 (just!) and sustained a # and I also have chronic kidney disease.

I'm just wondering if I've done some damage, or that the # hasn't healed properly. At 6 weeks, the #line was still evident but, apparently healing well. If the # line wa still evident, does that mean it was still broken??

I do hope for some replies to my posting.
Best wishes to all,
Helen
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Gayle



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:01 pm    Post subject: Re: 5th metatarasal fracture Reply with quote

koorahk wrote:
Rolling Eyes
Hello, I am new to this forum. I fractured my 5th met on 8th Dec 2007 when my weak right ankle gave way and my foot rolled right over, whilst dancing.I had a lower leg walking cast applied on 11th Dec and crutches, for 6 weeks. The cast came off last week and I am waiting now for a physio appt. X-ray showed healing but fracture line still evident. I wasn't given any info as to what I should and shouldn't do, other than no driving for at least 4 weeks and no going to the gym for 4 weeks. I wasn't given any further support by means of bandage/tubigrip etc and my foot/ankle feels so weak. I was however told to keep using the crutches when needed
Whilst in the cast I became great at getting around indoors without crutches, weightbearing etc, and towards the end of the 6 weeks not much pain, just the odd twinge. Since the cast came off, I am back to needing crutches indoors and outdoors, partial weightbearing a lot of the time, cannot get my usual shoes/boots on, pain on and off every day - along outside of foot/ankle, swelling and generally feeling quite down and frustrated. The dr discharged me from the fracture clinic.
At the moment I don't feel that I will be back to normal in 3-4 weeks time!
Can anyone give me an idea as to whether or not what I am experiencing is usual or not after this type of fracture? Any comments etc welcome!


Goodness me I broke my 5th metatrasal dancing on the same night at my christmas do fron work!!!!! How amazing is that!!!????

Mine has been extremely slow to heal I was in cast for 12 weeks. I went to fracture clinic last week for the usual X-rays etc but saw a different consultant. He hardly looked at me didnt examine my foot. But said that i was begin discharged from clinic i didnt have to go back. I asked did i need physio, he grumpyly asked could i move my ankle, i said well yes he said well you dont need physio then do you!!!!! Apparently my fracture line is still evident and it hasnt healed all the way but he said it would fill in on its own. Im not doctor but that doesnt sound right to me!

So i was discharged from clinic with my crutches and a support bandage and a 2 weeks sick note. That was that but my foot still hurts like mad and i cant put my toes on the floor. Therefore im walking on my heal in my flat/rigid shoe thingy that i had with my cast. I only using the hospital shoe thing because i cant get my shoes on!!!

I cant believe that ive been discharged without even a follow up appointment to see how im getting on. Im sat a home crying all the time because im soooooo frustrated.

I actually feel better because ive found you guys and now im not alone!!! Crying or Very sad Wink

Best wishes

Gayle x
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AndyB



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I am also new to this forum.

I broke my 5th metatarsal in my RIGHT FOOT 7 weeks ago playing football, I wasnt given a cast only crutches. The doctor told me to put weight on it as soon as I could and after 3 weeks I was walking about normal with only slight pain in my foot. I went back to work which is in construction and was given light duties for 2 weeks.

The first day off light duties disaster struck when the flooring gave way and I broke my 5th metatarsal on my LEFT FOOT Crying or Very sad .
I was told this was a worse break and I am going to need a operation. So right now I am in a cast waiting for my operation next tuesday, but worse news still I went back for a check up yesterday on my right foot and the doctor has said it is not healing as it should and if its still the same in 6 weeks I am going to need a operation on that foot.

Reading all the other posts on this forum I know realise that I have a very long road ahead of to recovery didnt know it would take so long to heal Shocked
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tanshoes4



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:50 pm    Post subject: fractured 5th metatarsal spiral Reply with quote

Hello, I broke my fifth metatarsal a little over a week ago. It was a spiral fracture. The first thing I did was go to the ER. They gave me a boot and crutches and told me to follow up with a foot specialist. The ER doctor also said that I would likely need crutches. My wife and I have a 15 month year old and we both need to go to work so I was so scared of having to have surgery. Unfortunately, it happened right before a holiday weekend so I could not make an appointment till a week later. I was in pain, but followed the doctor's R.I.C.E. orders. If I had to walk I would use crutches and if I needed to put any pressure on the boot, I put pressure through the heel. But mostly, I rested it. It was painful. I took ibuprofin during the day and the pain killers I got at the ER at night. Luckily, I am able to work from home and I have a desk job where I can rest it. During the time that I had the break until my appointment, I got two additional consultations. The first consultation said I did not need surgery and the second said I did. The third said that I did not and at that point, I decided to put it in a hard cast for 6 weeks. That was today. I do feel I made the right decision. The doctor said that even though the bones are a little displaced they were lined up and would heal. She gave me a walking cast with a walking boot and told me to continue to keep off it as much as I could for a week or two. Then, I could start putting more weight on it. She said to eat well and keep my calcium and vitamin D. I have a back yard and she encouraged me to go out with the family and sit and enjoy the days. The only thing I can say is I know it hurts and I know it is scary, but I would try to get as many professional opinions as you can (3-5) before making any decisions.
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