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So on the 9th of December I tripped over the welcome mat outside of my house. At the time I didn’t realize that my foot was broken, because this is the first time I’ve ever broken a bone so I just thought I pulled a muscle. There was no bruising and minimal swelling. But the pain was excruciating and it wasn’t going away so I finally went to the ER yesterday and they said I had broken my foot. They didn’t specify on which bone was broken, but from where my pain is located it is most likely my 5th metatarsal. The doctor also said it’s broken all the way across the bone but it’s non-displaced. I was placed in a CAM boot and given some crutches to use until I have my follow up appointment on the 5th of January. The doctor said I really don’t have to walk on the crutches, and I could just use the boot if I was comfortable with it. Honestly it’s easier not using the crutches because those things are hell on earth to use. But I still have quite a bit of pain when I try to walk in the CAM boot alone. Was I supposed to be put in a cast though? I see a lot of posts about non-weight bearing and going from a cast to a CAM boot. So I’m a little confused. I’m supposed to see a orthopedic doctor in a week but I can’t afford the visit so I have to wait 2 weeks to see a doctor at a income-based clinic. The ER doctor wasn’t specific about any weight bearing requirements or what I should be doing about my injury so I’m completely lost as to what to do since I’ve never been through this. Any advice??
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