Re: After repairing a fractured 5th Metatarsal bone
Welcome to the Boards! Sorry you need them, but glad you found them. I broke my 5th met on my left foot and I actually avoided a screw because thankfully after 6 weeks on crutches and a bone stimulator, it formed a union. So I don't know exactly what you are going through, but I'm no stranger to foot surgery as I've had 2 ankle reconstructions and am still recovering from the 2nd. Sutures can be a bit painful coming out to be honest. Not awful pain, but both times mine did hurt. It all depends on your doctor as to whether or not he will put you in another cast or in a boot and whether or not you will be able to bear weight or continue with NWB. Usually those fractures are 6 wks NWB, but again every doctor is different. All of that will then depend on how soon you can bathe it and how soon you will be independent with your activities of daily living or ADLs. As far as driving, for legal and safety reasons, you need to no longer be in a cast or boot and be able to fully work the gas pedal and brake pedal with minimal to no pain. I know these are vague varying answers, but unfortunately without knowing what your doctor does, not much way of knowing the answers. I'm surprised he didn't tell you how long. Good luck and let us know how it goes!!
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