5th metatarsal base fracture

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Just over two weeks ago i slipped on a pavement in spain resulting in a 5th metatarsal base fracture. I have currently my foot in a walker boot non weight bearing but occasionally i will apply pressure to see if it healing. I have a lump that looks like bone on the area of the fracture. Iv been told its swelling but this was two weeks ago. Does swelling last this long and feel like a bone? Im due back to work next week and am concerned about applying pressure on foot as i do not have an xray until three weeks time. I really do not want to be walking on it until i know its healing? Im due to see my docs this friday who has advised i rest my foot until then. What i want to know is whether i should start walking on it? Im concerned ill displace it if its not healing..

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    No walking until the XRay!! I had a non displaced fracture and was non weight bearing for5 weeks. It has only healed 60% so as I write, am waiting for surgery to put a screw in. Then will again be non weight bearing another 4 weeks, in boot another 4. Am very active so want to get on with life. Good luck. Are you seeing a foot specialist?
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    I would request a xray on your visit Friday and wait to you see the dr. B4 weight bearing, good luck on your recovery!
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    I would request a xray on your visit Friday and wait to you see the dr. B4 weight bearing, good luck on your recovery!
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    Ooops replied to wrong person.

    Sorry. Do not walk on your foot. Need a good diagnosis and protacal!

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    I broke mine and was non weight bearing for 10 weeks then I had 2 weeks partial weight baring then start wearing shoes still with 2 cruches for 2 weeks now I'm using 1 cruches and walking lent of sitting room with no cruches I elevate and ice my foot when it swells. be patient and do as Dr. Tells you .and keep foot of the ground I know it's hard but if you do more damage it will prolong healing time you will not take as long as me to heal as age affects the length of time.hope you get good news when you are xrayed

    Good luck and let us know how you get on.

    Catherine

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      Hi Catherine

      Sorry to hear about your injury it must be really frustrating for you. Please keep me updated with your progress and I will too. I did have an xray two weeks ago. My second one is in three weeks. Thanks

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