It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Foot & Ankle Problems Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-27-2010, 10:40 AM   #1
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 14
4jinxie HB User
Returning to walking after 5th Metatarsal mid shaft break

After 11 weeks in a walking boot, my doc said he feels comfortable with me returning to shoes. The fracture is still healing...about 3/4 done. I'm using a bone stimulator as my fracture was a complete spiral break. I didn't admit to him that I'm afraid of wearing shoes. At this point, it's been a comfort knowing the bone is protected and healing. But, I'm sick of wearing the boot. It interferes with my work and life (as it's meant to do) but I've come along way with the healing. I don't want to take the chance of stepping wrong (in shoes) and re-injuring the bone. I have 2 kids (7&4) that keep me moving, play sports, work P/T at a coffee house and volunteer in both my children's schools. My husband told me just to wear it when I know I'll be on my feet for a period of time.

How strong is the bone at this point? From the lateral and oblique view, you can still see the break. Looks good from above, though. I trust him as my family physician told me it would be 6-8 weeks and back to normal activity...not the case, at all! But there's still that doubt in my mind...even though my podiatrist has been in practice 30 years and sounds very optimistic about my progress. His only advise at this point is no jumping, running or anything of the sort. Anyone give me incite on the strength of bones at this point? I should say that I'm 41, in good health and take calcium supplements for bones.

Thanks!

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 05-02-2010, 03:51 PM   #2
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 14
4jinxie HB User
Re: Returning to walking after 5th Metatarsal mid shaft break

anyone have incite in this...bump

 
Old 05-02-2010, 04:55 PM   #3
Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 492
maggietaz HB Usermaggietaz HB Usermaggietaz HB Usermaggietaz HB Usermaggietaz HB Usermaggietaz HB Usermaggietaz HB Usermaggietaz HB User
Re: Returning to walking after 5th Metatarsal mid shaft break

It is natural for you to be cautious at this point. Take it slow. I fractured my 5th met. about 3 weeks ago and can't wait to get out of this boot.

 
Old 05-02-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
Facilitator
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 15,134
Titchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB UserTitchou HB User
Re: Returning to walking after 5th Metatarsal mid shaft break

I would take it very slowly = esp since it sounds like you didn't have surgery. Everyone I know that has had a spiral break has had surgery and pins. So that's my only experience...

 
Old 05-02-2010, 07:51 PM   #5
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
hopalong_too's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Washington
Posts: 791
hopalong_too HB User
Re: Returning to walking after 5th Metatarsal mid shaft break

I had a spiral mid shaft break and it was 17 weeks before I was back in a shoe. I tried at 12 weeks but had the cast put back on. This is a difficult fracture to heal. Take it slowly.

 
Old 05-02-2010, 11:14 PM   #6
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 14
4jinxie HB User
Re: Returning to walking after 5th Metatarsal mid shaft break

My was non-displaced so no surgery. I can see how this is going to be a long healing. I'm just going to put my boot back on and take it easy. Really need to have this healed by the summer so it's worth the wait.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
5th Metatarsal- cast, walking boot, both? 4jinxie Bone Disorders 6 11-20-2010 08:37 PM
metatarsal fusion 3 months ago and still swollen pam000005 Foot & Ankle Problems 5 03-08-2010 03:52 AM
post-op bunionectomy and 2nd metatarsal break concern Kalikt Foot & Ankle Problems 1 01-16-2010 12:49 AM
5th metatarsal fracture - 5 weeks out and now in a lot of pain! schmoo64 Foot & Ankle Problems 7 11-07-2009 04:47 AM
Broken 5th Metatarsal - Advice Needed WelshGirl80 Foot & Ankle Problems 57 10-17-2009 10:35 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



roxygirl1 (187), Zerk (137), Titchou (135), Hollywood48 (121), Missyluke (121), ginger62 (100), LadyKanner (97), LisaBdot (83), AdkLizard46 (55), janewhite1 (52)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1013), Apollo123 (909), Titchou (856), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (763), ladybud (755), midwest1 (671), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:52 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!