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10 days ago I fell down the stairs and i fractured my 5th metatarsal. It is displaced and fractured in two places - please see image.
Emergency put me in a moon boot and a week later I went to the fracture clinic. The registrar and the surgeon who ran the clinic said that it should heal on his own, new bone will grow over even though it is displaced. These fractures are forgiving but do take time. They got a third opinon from antoher orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in feet bones and he asked for me to come back the next week.
i went in today and he has given me the option of surgery. he has not given me a preferred options or a preference and has said it is up to me. i feel quite confused and am not sure what to do. he said i can leave it to heal the way it is, and it may be absolutley fine, or it might give me problems and shortening in the long run. i am a fairly active person, a minium of 6 times a week walking/running/weight training/resistance training/intervals cardio etc. their is a chance that my foot will not heal to that level again, or it might heal fine, we just dont know. if i do surgery, they will screw and plate the bone back into place so it will be in the best position to heal correctly, boot time is the same amount as non surgery, 6 weeks, but obviously the recovery is a bit longer with getting strength etc back.
I am a bit scared with the risks assocaited with surgery, the 10% chances of things going wrong, infection, etc.
I am unsure what to do. I dont want do let it heal the way it is, just to give me problems as it is, but what if it heals fine? or what if surgery makes it worse.
i am a 29 year old female, non smoking. very fit and active.
the doctor had compared my original x-rays with x-rays taken 10 days later and the bone had moved over (towards my 4th metatarsal) so not for the better.
i heard the surgeon say it would have been easier to operate on the way it broke initially but it makes it a bit tricky now its moved over, which makes me nervous.
any info or opinions would be helpful.
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