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2 weeks ago yesterday I fractured my 5th metatarsal. All I did was step out of my car wrong. I am in my early 50s, very fit. I workout 5 times a week, and have a very active lifestyle. Now I am ending my 2nd week of NWB and its rough! I am back at work, mainly just sitting around. I bought a knee crutch which has been a lifesaver. So much easier than crutches. I can 'walk', and have both hands free to carry things, which is nice. Its called an iWalk2 if you want to see what I am talking about.
I have tried to post a photo of the xray. I went the night after the injury to Urgent Care and they confirmed with xray that it was fractured. I walked around all day on it, it really felt just like a sprain. But it had started to bruise a bit, so that's why I went in. The following day I went to a podiatrist in town that friends referred me to. He put a cast on and told me to come back in a week to see how it was healing, then we'd decide if we wanted to do surgery, or just let it heal itself.
Last Wednesday I went back and he said that it looked good. Still about the same, but he said a week is not enough time to really tell. He said it was 50/50 whether to have surgery. He discouraged the surgery, he said usually these heal on their own and there was no reason to think mine would be any different. He took off the cast and gave me an airboot. He wants me to take it off to shower, and for short breaks at the end of the day for icing. And he ordered me a bone stimulator, but its $600 (my copay) so I have not decided if I want to get it or not.
I have an appointment to back to see him next Wednesday (that will be 4 weeks after injury).
Question: do any of you have experience with the bone stimulator for a similar fracture? I cant really afford to throw away $600 if its not going to do much.
Question: I have read that these fractures recur. Have any of you had one break for a second time? Are there any 'strengthening' exercises that one can do to help protect these bones? Special shoes? I dont want to go through this again.
Question: I have borderline osteoporosis. Well, its not horrible, but do you think this will hinder my healing? Dr. didnt seem to think so, but I am not sure he thought about it very seriously when I asked.
Thanks in advance for any info/advice you can share!
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