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 12-03-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 397
michlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB User
What to expect when cast comes off?

After breaking the base of my 5th metatarsal in 2-3 places on Oct 31, and narrowly avoiding having to get it pinned, I have about 10 days to go before hopefully getting my cast off. I am wondering what to expect? I realize my foot won't be "normal" right away, but how long should I expect to continue to be on crutches or have my foot get sore? Did anyone else wear any kind of elastic ankle brace or other support on their ankle/foot after being in a cast? I'm thinking my ankle and foot muscles will be weak, and since I broke it by rolling over on my ankle, I don't want to chance that again.

My physio has given me the "foot alphabet" exercises to do once I'm out of the cast.

I work all day on my feet, and want to be back at work full time after New Years. (I work in a school so will have until after Christmas break to recover). Is that a reasonable assumption that I will be able to do this?

I'm asking because my foot still gets really sore if I put weight on it for long, and yesterday when I bumped the side with the fracture on a very soft pillow (definitely not a hard surface), it hurt! (It was in the cast when I bumped it as I have a non-removable fiberglass cast).

Last edited by michlei; 12-03-2010 at 03:19 PM.

 
Old 12-03-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,158
roxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

I am sure that your doctor will give you all the necessary information and let you know if you need a brace. If you need a brace, he will probably have one in the office.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 12-03-2010, 04:43 PM   #3
Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 397
michlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

Quote:
Originally Posted by roxygirl1 View Post
I am sure that your doctor will give you all the necessary information and let you know if you need a brace. If you need a brace, he will probably have one in the office.
Mmmm, I'm not sure about that. He seemed almost dismissive when I had a cast change over 2 weeks ago, told me I didn't even need a cast except for comfort (the other doctor I saw first in emergency said it was important to have a snug fitting cast and have it immobile) ... I'm sure he'll tell me it'll be sore, but not sure he'd think of a brace or anything. He's usually very good for anything else I've asked him, but with this, I almost got the sense that he thought a broken foot wasn't a big deal. I know I've had one before, but it was the stress fracture in the middle of the foot, where you don't need more than a tight shoe, and it was fine. I couldn't imagine putting a shoe on, tight or otherwise, at this point.

I'm also wondering a bit b/c it seems sore at the fracture site, or a bit nearer to the heel, after it hit it on the pillow. (I was getting into bed and boosting myself over and slipped, and my foot fell down on the pillow on that side of my foot). It doesn't seem to me like hitting on a pillow should cause pain. I could see it if I hit in on something harder. Don't know though as I've never had a broken bone like this before.

P.S. Also should mention that it's just a GP, not an ortho or podiatrist.

Last edited by michlei; 12-03-2010 at 04:45 PM.

 
Old 12-03-2010, 05:04 PM   #4
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,158
roxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

Could you go to a specialist? It is so important to get the right treatment so that you don't end up with life long problems. It doesn't sound as if the doctor really has the knowledge base to treat your foot properly

 
Old 12-03-2010, 05:11 PM   #5
Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 397
michlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

I live in a very small town in Canada, and any specialist is 3 hours' drive away and I need a referral to see one. The first doctor did call the ortho specialist for a consult when I broke it as there was a question if I needed a pin or not. I gather the pieces stayed in place as the 1-week x-ray showed they were OK and he (the first doctor) said no pin was needed. I didn't get any phone call or info from my doctor on the 2nd xray taken at the 4 week mark, which is the practice at this clinic (no call means it's OK, don't like that practice but unless I make an appt to go in, that's what it is).

Could there be issues with a non-Jones fracture of the 5th met? If so, what?

Are there questions I should ask when I do go in for my appt. at the 6 week mark?

 
Old 12-03-2010, 05:14 PM   #6
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,158
roxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

I don't know a lot about Jones Fractures but you could post with a heading questions about Jones Fracture. People who actually lived through one can give you first hand info. Good luck

 
Old 12-03-2010, 05:37 PM   #7
Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 397
michlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

I don't have a Jones fracture. I know those are tricky. Mine was just to the base of the 5th met, multiple breaks.

 
Old 12-03-2010, 05:50 PM   #8
Senior Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,158
roxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB Userroxygirl1 HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

Oh, sorry I must have misread. I had flat foot reconstrution. Do you have crutches to use? That may let you proceed at your own pace.

 
Old 12-03-2010, 06:07 PM   #9
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 107
Firelady1 HB UserFirelady1 HB UserFirelady1 HB UserFirelady1 HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

First off BC, your foot will probably look really bad! lol. I know when I finally got my cast off, the skin on my feet was dry and flaking. It took a few days of scrubbing it with a loofa to get it cleaned up. I wore a tensor bandage for the first little while. It gave me some movement, and still allowed the feeling of "stability" until I got used to not having the cast on. You have to teach yourself again how to sleep with a bare foot. I still find it hard to find the right "position" to lay my foot. Hopefully the Dr or physiotherapist will give you some direction as you how to proceed. You will have some pain when you first start to put your foot down and weight bear as the tendons are tight and stiff. But trust me, it feels so good to use both feet to walk, even if you still use the crutches. My fracture was Aug 15th, and I am only just now comfortable with 1 crutch and getting ready to move to a cane. Talk your time and do your physio. You will need to build your stamina again as well. I can only stand and walk for so long before I need to sit, even if it's only for a few seconds.

Good luck and keep your chin up!

 
Old 12-03-2010, 08:32 PM   #10
Veteran
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 397
michlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB Usermichlei HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Firelady1 View Post
First off BC, your foot will probably look really bad! lol. I know when I finally got my cast off, the skin on my feet was dry and flaking. It took a few days of scrubbing it with a loofa to get it cleaned up. I wore a tensor bandage for the first little while. It gave me some movement, and still allowed the feeling of "stability" until I got used to not having the cast on. You have to teach yourself again how to sleep with a bare foot. I still find it hard to find the right "position" to lay my foot. Hopefully the Dr or physiotherapist will give you some direction as you how to proceed. You will have some pain when you first start to put your foot down and weight bear as the tendons are tight and stiff. But trust me, it feels so good to use both feet to walk, even if you still use the crutches. My fracture was Aug 15th, and I am only just now comfortable with 1 crutch and getting ready to move to a cane. Talk your time and do your physio. You will need to build your stamina again as well. I can only stand and walk for so long before I need to sit, even if it's only for a few seconds.

Good luck and keep your chin up!
Thanks Firelady! What type of foot fracture/issue did you have? 4 months still using a crutch or cane seems like a long time to me -- I hope that's not me! I can definitely foresee not being able to walk for long distances or stand for long periods the first while. My job is on my feet all day, but I do have opportunity to sit for a few minutes here and there if I need to.

I saw my foot at the 2 week mark when I had the cast change, and it was still bruised and swollen, but not too flaky then. I know my foot is still bruised at the 5 week mark as I can see bruising by my toes that's still quite black. I expect it to be flaky for sure, though I'm surprised that I haven't had any itching yet (thank goodness).

Your idea of a tensor bandage is good, and similar to what I'm thinking with the elastic ankle/foot brace, which is basically a tensor bandage but easier to put on/take off. I agree about the foot and sleeping -- the doctor asked me if I wanted an air cast last time, and I'd read on here that they are hot and bulky to sleep in (I already suffer from hot flashes!), and knew I couldn't handle sleeping with a naked foot. If nothing else, I can see having the tensor bandage or brace on for sleeping for awhile.

I guess for the most part, I'll see when I get there, but just didn't want to be disappointed that I was still sore or needing crutches a week or two after.

 
Old 12-04-2010, 05:59 AM   #11
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 107
Firelady1 HB UserFirelady1 HB UserFirelady1 HB UserFirelady1 HB User
Re: What to expect when cast comes off?

I shattered my heel, similar to Zerk. My heel itself has healed fairly well, but I have had some significant tendon issues that has slowed my walking progress. It's getting better and my physio has been ramped up, so I"m hoping I can dump all aids soon

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Help...What Can I Expect From Posterior Tibial Tendon Surgery? lambchop789 Foot & Ankle Problems 14 04-04-2011 08:31 AM
Peroneal Tear Repair, Ankle Scope, and Brostrom procedure...what to expect? horsebite Foot & Ankle Problems 10 09-12-2010 06:28 PM
Calcaneous surgery - Recovery and what to expect? pinachui Foot & Ankle Problems 54 08-21-2010 05:44 PM
Having Brostrom Procedure in a week - what should I expect? MonktonGreen Foot & Ankle Problems 18 04-21-2010 11:13 AM
Stitches out/Cast on - what to expect? MasonQ Foot & Ankle Problems 6 09-22-2008 05:14 PM

Tags
5th metatarsal, cast removed, fracture



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 (133), Titchou (129), Missyluke (121), Hollywood48 (119), ginger62 (97), LadyKanner (97), LisaBdot (83), AdkLizard46 (55), janewhite1 (52)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1165), MSJayhawk (1000), Apollo123 (898), Titchou (833), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (758), ladybud (747), sammy64 (668), midwest1 (665), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:03 PM.



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!