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fifth metatarsal fractures - found out 3 months late

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Old 02-17-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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fifth metatarsal fractures - found out 3 months late

3 months ago i sprained left ankle during the basketball.
I thought that it was just sprain. During that time I would go see my chiro practor and he told me to wait and see how it heels.
I noticed little bone sticking out

After 3 months I am able to walk but still cannot twist my ankle all the way.
So I finally ask my chro to do X-rays and it looks like avulsion fracture.

I am scheduled to see a specialist this Wednesday but I am scared that now it is too late to fix it?

Can anyone tell me what happens when you wait too long?
Can you still adjust that fifth metatarsal bone?
What is being created in place where bones are displaced?
New bone?

I need some hope that this still can be fixed?
Would this require a surgery or the bone still can be pushed back in place?


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Old 03-07-2013, 07:17 PM   #2
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Re: fifth metatarsal fractures - found out 3 months late

Hi, this happened to me several years ago. I badly sprained my ankle and broke my 5th met. I was treated right away though and was on crutches with strict orders to not even so much as touch my toes to the floor for 6 wks. If it didn't heal in those 6 wks, I was looking at surgery for a pin. Thankfully for me in combination with crutches and a bone stimulator (that works like an ultrasound), I avoided that surgery (although I've had 2 ankle reconstruction surgeries). This late in the game, you might have to have surgery to correct the bone if it's growing back in the wrong place. Calcification usually occurs when bones are broken. It will all depend on X-rays and what the doctor says. Please see a foot/ankle board certified orthopedic surgeon, not a general orthopedic surgeon. They are better trained in the foot/ankle area. Good luck! Wait, I just noticed you posted this a few weeks ago. Have you seen the doctor? If so, what did s/he say?
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