I was thrown off a horse this past weekend and broke my fifth metatarsal (x-rays) and was put in a walking boot and told to walk on my heel. I am in my sixties and have read that most people are told not to put pressure on the broken foot and use crutches. I return to doctor in two weeks and would prefer not to have it "screwed"as might be the case if it does not show signs of healing. I am fairly physical but the crutches are hard on my shoulders. If you put pressure on the heel or back part of the broken foot, does that impede healing? Are there exercises I can do to prevent atrophy of the calf of the damaged foot? I hear this can be a long term fix and will do what it takes to rehab the foot. Any words of wisdom?
I can't say whether you personally "need" crutches but if they make you feel more stable, go ahead and get some. Or a cane. And yes, you should always have a shoe of the same height on the other foot - if at all possible - whenever wearing a cast, boot, surgical shoe, etc.
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