5th Metatarsal Fracture Recovery

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Hello. I have a number of questions.

8 weeks ago I broke my 5th metatarsal after falling. I just got out of my cast yesterday and was out in an air cast/boot. And the doctor left me with a number of questions unanswered and my next appointment isn't for 4 weeks with no physio or such before hand.

1. Today I have been able to start walking, worst I have been is using one crutch, mostly able to walk with no crutches, is this ok after only a day? I don't want to go on doing myself damage. The doctor told me that for my next appointment there is a chance that if I feel able I could come in my own normal footwear, but he never said anything for until then.

2. When showering, afterwards, am I able to weight bear for a step or two without the boot on to sit down again to dress etc. I'm unsure on this

3. What exercises are good to strengthen my calf muscles and also to gain back full range of motion in my ankle, I know one or two from sports injuries, but i haven't been told anything of this nature for this specific injury.

Any help would be very highly appreciated, as I just don't want to damage my foot further and either permenently injure myself or hinder the healing process

As aside information, I'm 19, a little overweight but in relatively good shape.

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    What did you learn from your experience? I am having the same experience right now. What did you learn is too much activity and what was a bad pain feeling and what was an ok discomfort-of healing-pain?

    Thank you!

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      Hi Martha,  I am 7 weeks into healing from the same broken bone and have a lot of the same questions as Laura.  What has been your experience with ordeal?  Did you go to therapy and if so how long.  I am now putting pressure on foot just a few seconds at a time.  Otherwise I am in the tall boot and on crutches.  Would love to hear from you.
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      I broke my 5th metatarsal 4 weeks ago, I have a tall boot and no crutches, I was told I could not dance for 8 weeks but they never said when I get the boot off. I have an appointment on Friday and I may get my boot off but I'm not sure, I have heard that it heals quicker the younger you are, as I am only 14 I don't know if our experiences will be the same
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    I broke the same bone in 2 places and am 7 weeks into healing and have the same questions as you asked.  Would love hearing from you and your experience.
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    I am in the same boat, I'm only 5 days into mine and will need plaster and surgery, I'm only 13
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      I'm in the same boat..I'm 6 weeks into the 5th metatarsal fracture thats non union and displaced..needing surgery. I'm scared to use a crutch as I am sort of clumsy and have trouble with my eyes..I'm still working on it part time and not exactly able to stay off it like I should be..they gave me a shoe in the er but I've found a tall boot to work in to keep it stable..will they have to re brake it with surgery?

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    It can depend all on the type of fracture you had....a Jone's fracture/dancer's fracture or mid shaft/neck fracture, spiral fracture? A Jone's fracture is usually the most difficult in terms of healing time and this is often when you are cast and non-WB, I fractured my 5th metatarsal 8 weeks ago and did a mid shaft spiral fracture with minor displacement....when I looked on the forums all I read was horror stories about non-union/no healing etc....I was cast for one week only after which it was removed and I was given a special shoe to prevent WB on the forefoot but I was told to WB as much as possible as weight bearing helps to promote bone healing ( wolf's law)...so since that time I was semi WB for 3 weeks and went into a normal flat ballet shoe ( as could not have pressure on top of foot) at week 4, I have regular chiropractic treatment and went dancing at week 5 in normal trainers (carefully) I am now at week 8, I do mobilisation of the ankle daily (draw ABC's) I do rocking to toe and heel and arch strengthening, plus was swimming by week 5.....again it all depends on type of fracture and how much WB your pain will allow but now at week 8 I still have some pain and haven't run yet but generally I can WB normally....just wanted to give some people a slightly positive story rather than all the negatives out there! 
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      Thanks for shareing your experience b100.

      I too was panicking about healing times after trawling the web.

      Like you I was in a cast for a week from A&E, but was given a hard soled shoe on my first visit to fracture clinic, i was hoping for an air cast but this is even beter, and told that it is better not to imobilise the ankle. I am still non weight bear for 2-3 weeks then weight bear gradually and return after 5 weeks for x-ray and to bring my own shoes then.

      The shoe had made normal day to day activities much easier, can wear normal trousers, put foot down for short periods and can shower.

      Like you say every break is different, but it may not be too bad.

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      hello B100!

      thank you for the ray of light you shined on this forum- much appreciated!

      i think i have the same fracture as you and even the 10 days after my injury, before i got myself to hospital to do an x-ray and needed surgery (i was in denial), i still managed to hobble around on it with only a bit of pain. after surgery,  they put 5 pins into the foot to hold the pieces of bone together, they gave me crutches and said to only WB 25%. last week, week 5, i underwent the second surgery to take the pins out. the surgeon vaguely told me to WB the same as before and continue with the crutches for 3-4 more weeks. after being EXTREMELY careful this past week by staying at home and only moving around when neccessary my pain is almost non-existant! i'm hoping this is a positive sign but i'm still confused as to how long i need to wait before getting back to running and my yoga practice. i certainly don't want to wind up back at square 1.

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      Hey JazziJ,

      I'm 42 and have broken my fifth metatarsal on my left foot over a month ago. It was a mid shaft break. I only got it xrayed 4 weeks after the injury. Ive had a cast on for almost two weeks now and the doc said no weight bearing. I see the specialist in two days and have no idea what he will say. I was a runner and am going nuts about being immobile. So how are u doing now??

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      Hey Mel C,   Found myself today in same situation.  Finally went for an xray 3 weeks after the injury and found out it was a 5th midshaft break as well.  Getting an aircast tomorrow.   Being referred to an orthopedic surgeon eventually.  Just wondering about the prognosis of your injury?  Did leaving it so long before diagnosis (like I did) have an major issues on long term outcome?  Hope you're back running again!  Cheers...
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      Been reading allot of replies and was wondering if anyone experienced tingling numbness in foot if you accidentally stepped on it for a second(loss balance) during a non bear weight period only. Ive done this about 6 times now by accident of course and hope i didn't mess up my surgery. Had surgery on 11/13/15 one screw inserted for fracture and ankle surgery shortening ligaments at same time. Stitches are still in place after the two weeks will go and have removed and replace my splint with a cast. Could someone let me know if they accidentally stepped on foot for quick seconds and was ok???? Thx..My next appt is on 11/30 4 days. rolleyes
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      Hi.  I would love to hear how you are doing now.  I started a conversation last week so if you could post there it would be easier to see.  I hope you are doing well. I have found your comments really useful. Especially wolf's law.
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      Hi, Ana Martha, I am still attending physio and have started work on a phased return. I am finding it very tiring, my lot aches sometimes but I work in a nursery and my job involves a lot of bending and kneeling on floor. I am still doing exercises and they have helped my recovery ,my bones have been healed since September but my ligament are still healing. Physio said best exercise is supporting weight of body on injured foot obviously carefully and with support in front to begin with gradually increasing time and strength.Also standing on tiptoes sharing body weight and obviously increasing my daily walking. Hope this helps.
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      I broke my fifth metatarsal 12 days ago.  After being in a soft cast and non WB for only a week, the doc put me in a compression boot and told me to WB as pain would allow.  I've had little pain, but this morning my foot was rather sore. I'm wondering if I'm weight bearing too soon or if others out there are weight bearing as early as this, too.  Some say WB helps heal faster; other say the more rest, the better.  Confusing!

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      I also had a fifth metatarsal  break after 16 day's was told to WB also in the boot, the Dr said I was healing. I been WB for about a week now and no pain or swelling so.I will be going into week 5 on Tue . already feel I don't need the crutches but going for an another ex ray on Wed . I am following my DR 's orders as he the ortho and saw my ex ray's so I feel he know best . Glad your on your way to recovery and walking again. 

      Hugs Baily

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      Hi Mel. I am in same situation as you. I walked like normal though limping for one week before I went to cray and realised it was a fracture on 5th metatarsal shafts. I originally thought the swell would just subside. Never thought it was a fracture. Now I am in a cast for onext week. How long did you heal or start to walk again? Tks
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      A few months ago I rolled my ankle, I work 12 hrs a day on my feet as a nurse tech, I never would have thought it was a 5 metatarsal fracture. One day after work I decided to go get and X Ray because it was painful after working. Needless to say he confirmed it was broke. The er doc put me in a boot and said wear this all times out of bed, and to follow up with orthopedic surgeon. Approx 1 week later went on for my appt he did another x Ray and said I needed a 5th metatarsal ORIF. He advised that The boot would not heal this fracture since I didn't come right in after I rolled My ankle. But guys when I injured my foot it didn't start hurting till months later, ...Update i had My surgery 10/26/16. My foot is still numb because they gave me a nerve block and said it would be. Numb 12-48 Hrs, I'm NWB for a month so I'm trying to stay in the bed as much as possible. For now im in a soft cast up to My knee. The doc said I won't be back walking or working till 01/27/17

      After the first month he'll transfer me to a knee scooter. Good luck everyone. May the good lord heal you all.

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      Hi Latisham, I am in a similar boat as you. I had my surgery on a displaced mid shaft 5th metatarsal on 10/20/2016.  I was on NWB with no surgery with one ortho doc but then got a second opinion from another and he said that due to the degree of displacement and plantar angulation, it needed surgery.  I am currently with a percutaneous pin and NWB for 6 weeks after surgery. I am usinng a knee walker and boot.  I go back on 12/2 and hopefully will be able to get pin removed and start WB... counting down the days!  I do have some intermittent pain, aches, tingling.... I am guessing this is part of normal aches, pains, tingling... 

      I hope all is going well with you!

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      I am 6 weeks post surgery on my 5th displaced metatarsal fracture. I rolled my ankle on 5 October and broke 4th and 5th. I had surgery on the 5th to insert a plate and five screws, but the 4th was not displaced, so the doctor said to leave it. My latest xray shows some union and the surgeon has advised to not weight bear until there is no pain, and then only partial, with my boot and crutches. Today was the first day I gave it a try, with minimal pain.

      I've also gotten the tingling, aches and pains intermittently. I can't wait til this heals! I normally run, cycle and crossfit so this has really been a struggle mentally

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      Thanks for the Well Wishes. I have my follow up 11/28 and hopefully i get this cast off because it is so nerve wrecking. The pain is still terrible i'm wondering when will it go away.

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      Hi I rolled my foot really bad a week ago and heard it crunch. I work 12 hr shifts as well and denied it's broken. But it still hurts in pinky toe and down the side of foot. What were your symptoms? Did u bruise any?

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      I hope you got an X-ray. I agree that fracture types and treatments vary by doctor. I am 55 yrs old and almost at 5 months recovering from a 5th metatarsal mid shaft spiral fracture of my right foot. My Doctor says it's a Jones fracture, and apparently a pretty bad one. I also broke it with a mid-step off my porch twisting my ankle. My biggest concern was if anyone saw me, lol. I was headed out to do some errands, get candy, etc because it was Halloween. In the car, driving, I pretty much forgot about it, until I got out of my car. Woof - it was quite painful to walk. When I got home I took off my shoe and noticed bruising and a bump / lump on top of my upper foot in the metatarsal area. I iced and elevated it and early the next morning my husband took me to ER. I remember the x-ray tech, when I asked what he saw, he said "the doctor will review it with you... but is it looks like you're in for a rough few weeks at least" - what an understatement! The doc was great, put me in an air boot with crutches, NWB instructions and advised me to follow up with an orthopedic doc. Crutches are of the devil... 5 days later I broke my left toe on my good foot by ramming it into my left crutch! I remember looking down and my pinky toe was at a 90 degree angle! I was in shock and cussed like a sailor.

      Anyway, I feel very fortunate I got into the boot so soon after the 5th meta. break. I made appt with a recommended podiatrist for a week later. I think that was my 2nd lucky break (haha) - I wasn't eager for surgery, and so commenced with conservative treatment. I was off BOTH feet for 2 weeks, then I was able to use my left foot again in ortho shoe while still NWB on right foot... for 3 months. Best thing I did, and wish I'd done it earlier, was renting a knee scooter for holiday travel. Don't hesitate, lol. At 90 days my insurance approve a bone growth stimulator which I use once a day. I was able to start walking in the boot feb 14th (bought a shoe lift on amazon that fit my left shoe and raised it up so I was level with the cast, another life saver.) I have been wearing tennis shoes for 2 weeks. It's still broken, but X-rays show mending, and Doc says using it carefully to walk at this point stimulates healing.

      I did over do it a bit once in shoes. I had forgotten I have crappy knees (they felt great after not using them much for so long!) got a new puppy and did something while playing with grandson to my left knee... and a recent MRI shows a meniscus tear :-( and so now have to see an orthopedic surgeon.

      By the way, from the start my podiatrist padded, taped and wrapped my foot, so that my arch and the fracture are supported. I now pad and wrap myself, but I think it made all the difference.

      It's great to see community hear for us special Jones dancers!

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      5 months that's such a long time. I am 48yrs old. I'm nearly at 13 weeks spiral fracture of mid shaft 5th metatarsal. I also sprained my ankle which is still a little sore but I do ankl excercises which has helped. It's so frustrating! I'm back at work now and It's causing my fracture area to hurt and swell. I seem to get different advice from drs. I went to A&E the day after I broke it after falling down the stairs. They put me into a backslab for the first 3 days. On the 3rd day I had my first appointment with the orthapaedic. I was put in a cast boot and told to wean off that & crutches afer 3 weeks which I felt was too soon but I came out of boot after 4th week . I went to my physio who was treating me for another injury and said I was hoping to be off crutches at 5 weeks but he said keep using the crutches. At my 6 weeks checkup I had x-ray and a different dr from the first told me to go back into boot with crutches for another 4 weeks! Went back 4 weeks later, had another x-ray and though there is bone growth but still the gap is there. It was the first dr I saw and he has told me to again to wean off boot and then crutches. After 2 weeks I am out of boot and using a walking stick but my foot is painful. I'm ok walking round the house without a stick but now I'm back in work I'm sruggling with it. Luckly I only work 5hrs a day 4 times a week so can recover a little. I was very active before it happened & so have found it very frustrating! & you don't really get much information.

      You are the first to say that your's hasn't healed months later. Do hope you can keep me updated on your progress as your's is very close to mine.

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      I have the same break. I was 6 weeks in a cast and 3 more in a boot. 9 weeks non weight bearing. Now i am in a hiking boot for the past 2 weeks. The xrays show healing but still a break. It has been a long road and not done yet. Starting physical therapy next week.
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      Thanks for your reply.  So even though your xray shows healing but still a break, are you allowed to put weight on foot in hiking boot?  Is the hiking boot used because of the stiff sole?  Good luck with physical therapy.  Please keep us updated.
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      They've had me weight right from the start. Say it's good for healing. It will be 17 weeks at my next appointment and if it's not showing any sign of knitting together then I'm going to express my frustration. I'm usually so active. I usually go to the gym and even compete in total warrior assault courses so I'm finding it difficult not being able to do these things. Hope you're foot is soon on the mend.

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      That is crazy. My ortho put a pin in then 4 weeks off, 4 in boot then good to go. And I am 68!! Your bone can not fuse when continuing to walk and separate it. I am a retired X Ray tech and husband Radiologist. 17 weeks is so long. If no surgery should be off 6-8 weeks then if there is fusion wear an ortho boot. It is either healed or not. I am on a rant here hearing of so many issues. Yes, it is a slow healing fracture because of low blood supply.
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      Sandi, thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge.  My doctor has me non weight bearing.  He showed me the break and the location of strong tendons that would pull the bones apart if I put weight on my foot too soon.  If I don't show signs of healing at next visit I will discuss having surgery for a pin.  You seem to have recovered faster by having the surgery.

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      I know I don't understand how walking on it helps. I feel if I'd had surgery I'd be well on recovery. If there's still a gap on my next appointment then I'm going to ask for surgery. They said their is bone growth but it's a big gap to fill. If it's such a big gap why did they not choose to pin it in the beginning. That's one question that I will be asking.

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      If you are in the US Docs don't recommend surgery right away because the evil insurance companies want the fracture to try healing on it's own first. Not sure how other countries with public health care work.

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      I'm in the UK. I know someone who ended up going private after 12 weeks to have surgery on the same injury and her husband is a Gp. Been tempted myself to get a second opinion. See what happens at my next appointment on 8th of may, should have been 1st of may but it's a bank holiday so clinic is off, they only seem to do clinics on a Monday. Just to drag it on a bit longer.

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      I'm in the US, and you are right about docs don't recommend surgery first, unless you are a professional athlete.  My doc told me at first appointment this Jones fracture takes longer to heal and there is a possibility of surgery.  When I got home I googled "Jones fracture" and everything I read about it was discouraging.  I think if I pushed for surgery my doc would pursue it, I'll see how next visit and xray goes.

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      Yes my doc had mentioned that as well but wanted to wait 6 weeks. I figured out why and knew it was not healing so went back in 4. She stated insurance gives her a fit if she preforms surgery right away. Sooo happy I did surgery and sooo sorry I wasted the first 4 weeks!!!
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      I have my appointment may 2nd, and am going on 6w of NWB in a boot. I have been using a bone stimulator for the past 4 weeks, 2x per day. I made the mistake of waiting 3 weeks before getting an X-ray, and just sucked it up using hiking boots but bc I couldn't push off when walking, couldn't run, and got tired of the pain, I finally went to the ortho clinic. Tuesday I get X-rays and find out if there has been any healing. The other option from my doc initially was surgery to put a plate in... however even with the surgery it looks like 8 more weeks of nom weight bearing. A knee scooter makes a big difference getting around the house. Also, I have been wearing the boot all day and using a lace up brace at night with an ace wrap over that to try and keep compression as well as immobility. Reading these forums is scary, as these bones don't appear to want to heal.

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      I forgot to add, my injury is a 5th metatarsal fracture, in the shaft of the bone, just past what would normally be called a jones fracture
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      The difference in the advice that is given is unbelievable.. It's over 16 weeks since I broke mine and it's still painfull. I struggle walking a long distance. I'm wearing a normal shoe but only able to wear just theone pair which  is like a walking boot.  I go for my follow up 8th and I don't think it is healed yet just because of the pain and I feel as though the bones are rubbing together so maybe their will be union soon. Never thought when it happened that it would take so long. The doctorr I first saw in A&E said up to 8 weeks but the fella who put my back slab on said more like 4 weeks how wrong was he! and well the orpho hasn't said anything about how long. Oh well hopefully soon it will be a distant memory. Good luck on the 2nd, do hope it's good news.

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      I'll keep ya posted and also want to know how you make out on the 8th. I agree with previous comments as my doctor told me that you need compression and immobility to heal... maybe yours is starting to heal enough where putting some weight on it will stimulate more growth- I don't know. Seems like the 5th metatarsal is a bear bc of poor blood supply. One thing I did before getting checked out was to tape my foot and use a hiking boot which took away a lot of the discomfort when walking. My doctor told me he had a past patient who didn't listen to his advice, was a smoker (which can slow healing time), and wasn't good about keepIng weight off her foot, and she healed after 7 months. Seems like an awfully long time.

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      Yes please do keep me posted. 7 months is along time! I don't smoke so that's one less thing against me. Alcohol and certain painkillers can affect bone growth also so I don't take painkillers and I try not to drink too much either. Dr said last time that there was substantial bone growth but there is I a large gap to fill. Fingers crossed for you tomorrow, do hope you get good news.

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      Hey J9metatarsal,

      So I saw the doctor on Tuesday and I got some good news: Significant bone growth; continue 2w more in the boot, and can start putting pressure on the heel only (while in the boot).  After 2 weeks: can progress to a shoe, starting with weight on heel and then progress to walking normally. I see him in 4 weeks.  Date of my injury: 2/23/17: did not see doc until 3/17/17 so I walked on it for 22 days.  At that time I had a displaced 5th metarsal just past the area that would be referred to as a Jones fx.  I was in a boot for 2 weeks, more xrays were taken and showed no healing.  I started with a bone stimulater a few days later and continued to be NWB unitl my visit on 5/2/17.  So its been 9w and 4 days.  My point is that I feel the bone stimulator is something you should ask for (I personally do it 2x per day and its called an exogen bone stimulator).  Ill let ya know how I make out in 2 weeks once I start putting weight on it.  Again, its healing nicely but not fully healed, he said "80 percent".  Also, this doctor came highly recommended.  The very first doc I saw on my initial visit wanted to put a screw in the bone and said I had a Jones fracture.  So, I hope this info is helpful to you, or anyone else going through this.  Its a very frustrating, painful, and variable injury, as these posts show.  Peoples treatments and rehab are all over the place and theres alot of depressing and defeating info when you read it.  Im sure the people that heal quickly, have surgery, or move along rather normally dont post their issues.  So we see alot of negative.  I was very nervous, and frustrated, but the good news is that both of our bones are in fact healing.  Let me know how you make out at you're appointment next week.

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      Hi James and everyone else who has contributed to this post. A fracture to this 5th metetarsal bone can be very complex and it appears everyone's recovery is different..

      I can also report some good news. Yesterday I had surgery on my fractured 5th metatarsal. Screw fitted into shaft.

      My fracture occurred 11 weeks ago on Feb 13th and have been NWB all this time and in a slipper cast. Saw registrar on couple of occasions before seeing consultant after week 10. Very fortunate that he fitted me in this following week.

      So I am currently in a back slab cast for approx 2 weeks then remove and change to slipper cast. NWB for a further 6 weeks, but hey like you I feel like I've turned the corner and am on the homeward straight. They surgeons stressed the importance to me on NWB for full 6 weeks due to possible refracture of bone even with screw fitted which would require surgery again.

      I realise I was unfortunate like us all to initially fracture but fortunate having had the time devoted to me by these skilled surgeons. I will be doing my utmost to ensure I follow their advice & instructions.

      Can't wait to resume light training in gym and go out on mountain bike..

      I'll post again in few weeks to give a further update..

      Stay positive all :-)

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      Hi James

      80 percent is great news. I'm in the Uk & not sure if the bone stimulator exists here. I broke mine on the 6th jan but went to hospital day after as I couldn't walk on it. I had to rest it the first weekend but was advised to weight bare on the monday but with crutches too. I go monday so will ask about the bone stimulator if it is still not healed. I'm seeing a physio for another problem and he is treating my foot too, when I mentioned physio to the dr he said I probably wouldn't need it! I think the physio is helping as I sprained my ankle and the exercises he's given me have helped with the stiffness, he's not given excercises for my entire foot yet as he's waiting until the bones have joined. Do you get offered physio in the US? I will let you know how I get on. Will be frustrated if there's still a gap. You are right though atleast there is healing in our bones. Someone was saying 8 months down the line and they're still not healed! That'd be a nightmare! I'm trying to stay possitive but sometimes it is so frustrating as I'm usually so active. Take care of yourself and your foot.

      Kind regards Janine

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      Hi Janine, we are offered physio here in the states, but I personally was not offered it at the last visit.  It will be up to me to progress and see how it goes.  If I am not doing alot better at my next appointment I will ask for it.  Did you sprain you're ankle on the same side as you're fracture?  I also am very active, and this has been a real shock to my system.  I actually had developed a blood clot, or DVT, in my calf, from immobility, after a few weeks in the boot, so I have been on a blood thinner since then, and will hope to get off of it in another 6 weeks or so.  I am eager to hear how you make out at you're next appointment and hope that the xrays show more healing.  How is the fracture area feeling at this point? And how does it feel when you walk?

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      Thats so good you were able to get the surgery done, and now you are on you're way to recovery.  One question I have is, how did you're bone look after 11 weeks of being non weight bearing? Was there no healing at all? I was  fortunate enough to have bone stimulator, which must have really helped significantly after reading so many of these posts, including yours! Look forward to hear how you're recovery is going.

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      Hi James...

      So I had xray after 9 weeks and it pretty much looked same as initial xray. It's a shame we cant attach photos here would be interesting to compare fractures.I took picture of my xray when the images were displayed on monitor in hospital.

      My fracture was a displaced fracture running diagonally along the shaft of the metatarsal with a clear gap of approx 3mm where fracture occured

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      Hi James.

      You have been through the mill haven't you! Yes I sprain my ankle the same side when I broke my metatarsal and if I'm honest it was the sprain that caused the most pain at first. My whole foot is painful when I walk but guess it's because it hasn't been used to it. My break hurts sometimes especially when I move my foot a certain way. It is feeling much better but depends wether I've been on it aotI I'm back at work and on my feet alot so that affects it. I walked a couple of miles last friday though slowly but next couple of days it was very painfull. Don't think we generally get offered physio here, think you have to pester for it but it's only because I'm already being treated by one and he said to ask to be refered to him that I'm getting it and I was already getting treatment to my shoulder that I injured many years ago and wasn't offered physio then so all these years later it's causing me problems and has done since I did it falling from a horse. I don't really have much confidence in our health care. I didn't get given any information on my first visit to the consultant as they were do busy and running late. I was 1 and a half hrs late seeing him and it took me a week to know what do with it and that's only because I got it from another hospital had information on their websight. It's 7 weeks since my last appointment so there should be some more growth and hopefully starting to knit together. 😉 Take care and I'll keep you posted about my next appointment. It is now 17weeks since I broke it. Who would think a little bone could be so much trouble!

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      Where did you say you lived? Guess Gov healthcare is not as good as I thought it would be. Have friends in UK and they seem to like it. My fracture was not displaced plus had screw put in so guess that is why mine was not as much of an issue. I did waste first 4 weeks to see what healing I would have. Some but not enough. Would have been another 8 to 12 weeks nwb then boot another 4. I was fortunate that once I had surgery it was just 4 NWB then 4 in hard soled boot. Never had pain after. So sorry to hear all these stories😩🤔

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      Hi Sandi

      I live in Cumbria, the lake district in the UK. I'm wishing I'd been given the choice of surgery. They never mentioned it to me but said in a letter to my GP that they explained to me that these type of fractures sometimes require surgery but they never said that to me but they were running behind and wanted you in and out as soon as possible so I hardly got any information. I've been advised if I do need surgery to have it done in another hospital as they're not that good at ours and that was someone who works there so makes you wonder. See what happens on monday. Glad you've had success and are no longer in pain.

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      Let us know. Just kills me how much time many of us have lost waiting for this particular fracture to heal. Go figure. I am spoiled in the US to be able to go to the best physicians however, I pay a fortune for supplementary policies over medicare. I have had many surgeries in my 68 years especially since I am an equine rider but, NWB has been one of the most difficult! I know everyone feels the same. Take care
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      My husband has private medical care through his work but would cost around £700 a year to add me and I believe if I was private I would have been operated on. My physio was surprised that I hadn't. I've been weight baring from around the 4th day though with crutches but seemingly it's good for circulation. It does kind of put your life on hold this fracture, do hope It happens again. It's good to communicate with people who understand. Will let you know how I get on. Take care..

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      Hi James

      Update on my foot. I saw yet another different Dr at my appointment yesterday but found this one very helpful, he explained my fracture to me and drew diagrams to show what healing there was, I wish I'd seen him in the first place as I had heard good things said about him. There is some good callus formation in one part of fracture but not the other, it's a bit hard to explain without pictures but my fracture isn't straight across but at an angle so on the right there is good callus formed but not on the left of it. I have to go for a CT scan and he is going to show it to a foot and ankle specialist who are obviously at another hospital and decide what to do next as it has taken so long to get this far. So I may be having surgery on it. I hope I don't have to wait too long for the scan. I'm a bit frustrated as I feel if I'd had surgery at the start I'd be well in recovery by now but it might turn out they decide I don't need it. Only time will tell.

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      Hi Janine, I am glad to hear about the healing, and also the fact that you have seen a more helpful doc.  It seems you have not been following a specialist from the beginning?  And this has led to all this time going by.  Hopefully they will schedule the scan asap, you will find out if surgery is indicated, and you will have it!  It seems that the surgery is very successful. How is the foot feeling (does it bother you when you are relaxing or only when you are walking)? Are you using any kind of brace now while you wait? And are you weight bearing?  

      Jim

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      Hi Jim

      In the morning it's not too bad but as the day goes on it does get very sore and also if I do too much, it's not as painful as it was for the first 14/15 weeks. I've just stopped walking with as much of a limp. I've found my opposite hip is painful but I tend to put most weight on that leg. I'm just wearing a pair of good supporting shoes, I can only wear the one pair so I wear them all the time for work and going out. I'm not using a brace or anything. I got given a walking stick off my physio but didn't find it helpful as it didn't take the weight off the foot and my foot was very painful! that was around 12 weeks. I just ended up going back to using a crutch then after a week I wasn't using anything. I've been weight bearing pretty much from the beginning with crutches as was encouraged to do so and was fully weight bearing at around 13 weeks. How is your pain? And are you weight bearing yet?

      Janine

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      Hey Janine,

      I don't have any pain and really haven't had much since I went non weight bearing. Remember, i waited 3 weeks to get looked at, and was walking fully on it, with pain, like you describe. So for the past 6-7 weeks I have been non weight bearing, and wearing a walking boot, and at night in bed I wear a small brace to try and keep it immobile. The wild card has been the bone stimulator- it must've really helped. Again, my break is not fully healed yet either but the doc is pretty confident it will be soon. At this point I can bear weight through the heel and use one crutch, but I'm going very easy, little by little each day. I have very little to no pain. Next week, I can basically "get rid" of the boot, and transition to a shoe, like you, and again, gradually get back to normal. once I put a shoe on, and start really bearing weight, I don't know what to expect, but I may "tape" my foot to give it some more support, and just progress slowly. My calf has shrunk on my left side bc I haven't been weight bearing, and overall I've gained some weight bc I'm not exercising. My goal is to get back to sports and exercise as I did before .... but it is a journey! Hang in there, and keep me posted and I'll do the same.

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      I've been following all this conversation. I broke my foot (non-displaced Jones fracture) broken through 5th metatarsal into the 4th back Feb 25 after tripping and landing badly on foot.  Was NWB for 6 weeks, started taking supplements including 3,000 IU of vitamin D, B complex and multivitamin.  I tested very low in vitamin D on lab tests.  I was then allowed to bear weight in fracture boot for a couple weeks.  I'm now in stiff soled shoes inside of house, but wearing fracture boot outside.  At last appointment my doctor said I am healing well, but no more details than that.  I don't have pain while walking, but my foot still swells later in the day, and does seem sore.  I am doing PT at home twice a day without pain.  A question for anyone:  after starting to walk in shoes, how long does it take to get back to a natural walking gait (not limping)?  Is it normal to still have some swelling in afternoon?  I have next doctor appointment Friday, am hoping to continue to get good report.  Will be traveling internationally in a week for a vacation, and expect to need to bring the boot.  Keep me posted on all your updates.

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      Hi Jim

      You might find that it will be painful once you start walking without the boot as I found it less painful to walk in the boot. I could walk quite alot with the boot and crutches but once I went without the boot it was very sore and I couldn't get very far without stopping. Do hope your's doesn't cause you too much trouble but the like said you walked on ir for you waited 3 weeks before you got it checked. My left calf shrank too but is now the same as my right but because I haven't done as much walking or excercise then they've caught up with each other. I've been using handweights and stomach excercises to try and keep fit. There's quite alot you can do on a chair. Look on youtube there's some good videos of excercises to do with a broken foot. Hope the weight bearing goes well and doesn't cause you too much discomfort. It's been a long road but slow and steady seems to be the key to this injury. Take care and let me know how it goes as I will you.

      Janine

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      Hi Terry

      I didn't start wslking normally until last week and that's 17 weeks but everone's different. You should take your boot just incase and let the airline know because I went to Madeira after I broke mine and they were very helpful. They gave us a wheelchair to use around airport and assisted us on and off the plane. In Madeira they used a special lift to take me on and off the plane. I still have swelling but only if I've used it alot. Good luck friday. Keep us posted.

      Janine

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      Hi terry, we are in a similar situation: our injuires were about the same time, and we both have healing, and both walking in a boot (i just started a few days ago).  It doesnt bother me but I am not pushing off.  Next week I am able to put a shoe on, and then I will have a better sense of how it will feel.  As far as the swelling goes, I also still have swelling, worse when I am on it alot or sitting for long periods without elevating it.  One of the best ways to decrease the swelling is by walking b/c of the "ankle pump" which is exactly what we dont get by walking in the stiff boot.  What type of shoes are you wearing indoors and do you have pain when you push off that foot while walking?  It will be interesting to compare once I am using a shoe next week......

      Jim

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      Janine it sounds like you are progressing, even though you still have the pain, plus you are doing additional exercise which is great.  When it comes to the pain, I actually broke mine playing basketball, and landed funny.  I had severe pain in the one spot right on the outside of my left foot near the fracture area.  After 3 weeks walking on it, the initial severe pain was better but I had definite sharp pain at the fracture site.  I dont feel it now, even when walking with the boot on, but I am curious if I feel it when I have a shoe on, b/c even though my fracture is significantly healed, its not fully healed.  

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      Hi Jim

      You must deal with pain really well. I thought I did. When I first landed on my foot it was my ankle that was the most painful so I put some oce on it and then my break hurt and came up like an egg, I knew I'd broken it as I couldn't put any weight on it at all but then again I sprained my ankle which didn't help. I left it untill the morning before I went to A&E and only because at 11pm at night I would have been there hrs but instead it just took 2hrs from start to finish. I found as the weeks went on that most of the pain was underneath the fracture. Hopefully you won't bevin too much discomfort and you will soon be back to your basketball. Let us know how you get on without the boot. Take care.

      Janine

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      James, I am wearing a pair of athletic shoe that has a stiff sole.   I was able to try on 8 different stiff soled shoes to find what was most comfortable.  My injured foot is a full size larger because of swelling than my other foot, so lace up works best.  I pretty much heel walk with limp, but when I make effort to use whole foot it doesn't hurt, but a little sore, and very slow going.  One of my PT exercises is to stand flat footed with both feet, and then raise to ball of both feet and hold for 5 seconds.  Repeat.  That doesn't hurt as in pain, but is difficult right now.  Keep us updated when you get in the shoe.

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      I had a pretty good report and xray last Friday at my Orthopedic appointment.  The bone fracture has essentially healed 99%.  Bone density is "washed out" as the doctor said because of the time I spent Non-Weight Bearing.  That was to be expected, and should improve as I continue to walk in stiff soled shoes.  The swelling is more than expected, but not unusual and might take up to 3 more months to go away.  I explained that an area under my foot above heal close to arch (opposite side of fracture) is sometimes painful, and after examination the doctor said I have the beginning development of plantar fasciitis.  He prescribed additional physical therapy for both improving stretching and strength.  Overall I was encouraged.  I am purposely attempting to walk with normal gait, bearing weight from heal through push off and am able to do so without pain just very slow.  Jim, have you started walking in a shoe yet?

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      Hi Terry

      That's great news! You must be relieved... I have to have a CT scan and already have my appointment for Thursday the 12th, thought I would have to wait longer. I'll find out what they plan to do next as they're isn't much healing gone on in the last 18 plus weeks! Glad you're on the mend. Only 1% more and you're there. Good luck and I hope the physio helps. Take care

      Janine

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      Thanks Janine.  Sorry you haven't had much healing.  That must be so discouraging to wait so long.  That was my fear at onset as my doctor prepared me at first visit based on location of fracture.  Hope you get a solid treatment plan from the CT scan that puts you on the road to a quicker recovery.  Good luck!  Terry

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      Thanks Terry. Hopefully the scan will show more growth than the x-ray and I won't need an op. 😉 It's on the 25th next week not the 12th! Doh. I didn't really get told much on 1st visit as they were rushed off their feet and I was full of cold so wasn't in the right frame of mind to ask questions. I now take a list of questions I need to ask. Take care

      Janine

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      Good luck. For me, surgery was easy, took 45 minutes, no pain!! 4 weeks NWB, 4 in boot then absolutely normal!!! Don't be afraid if you need it however, can't vouch for your physician🤔

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      Thanks Sandi. Hope my surgeon does as good a job as your's did. Were you awake when you had it done? They say 6 weeks recovery here not sure if it's nwb or wb from the start. Countries seem to treat things differently. Glad your's was a success. Hope mine is too if that's the road I'm on. Take care..

      Janine

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      Hi Terry,

      Great news overall for you, minus the start of the plantar fasciitis; hopefully you can keep that under control before it gets too bad.  But great news about you're fracture.  I took you're advice with the hard soled shoe and ordered what amounts to a post op hard soled shoe, that I will use starting tomorrow, and Ill let ya know how it goes.  From there I plan to go into a hiking boot, and then progress as I can.  I think the best news that you shared was no pain with pushing off........  ill keep ya posted.  Do you have to see the doctor again, in a month or so?  

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      Keep us posted with you're scan Janine, which I guess is next Thursday. As far as what my surgeon told me here (US), if I had the surgery it was 8 weeks non weight bearing but then you move along pretty quick.  Seems like Sandi had a fantastic recovery, so if you need it, it will go well I am sure, but keep us posted.

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      Thanks Sandi..I'm not bothered if I'm awake so long as I don't feel it. It's removal of stitches that bother me. I can have ops and be fine but when I or I see others having stitches taken out I have funny do's! 😕

      Janine

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      I am wondering if my fast recovery was that the  fracture was non displaced however after 4 weeks of NWB before surgery my surgeon and I could tell this would be a long process without surgery. Wish I had not wasted the first 4 weeks. Every fracture is a bit different. 
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      Hi Terry,

      I am walking in a stiff soled post surgical shoe for most of day, alternating with a stiffer type basketball sneaker for a few hours.  I am walking with one crutch, and have minimal pain, although at times it aches.  I am not pushing off yet, keeping most of the weight on the heel and not forcefully going up on my toes; I will start to progress to that probably after my next doctor appointment which is 11 days away.  Overall the swelling is decreasing and I have to say Im doing pretty good.  I am exercising every day, gently, with ROM exercises.  How are you doing?  

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      Hya James. Yes I had my scan but won't find out the results until the consultant looks at it. Not sure when that will be. I'm walking better though my foot seems to roll inwards and my little toe is starting to hurt now also. It's hot here at the moment so that could be why. The area where my break is is still a little painful but not too bad. Glad you're making good progress out of your boot. When I hear from the consultant I will let you know how it goes. Take care

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      James,  I'm doing as well as I can.  I'm wearing stiff soled athletic shoes at all times.  We are now in Portugal and there are several steps and cobblestone pathways.  I'm not in pain but still get sore after walking for a bit.  I am being extremely careful watching where I step with every step, so I move slow.  I continue PT to stretch and improve strengh in my foot.  That has helped my gait and the plantar faciiatis.  My doctor wants me to ice the bottom of my foot 3 times a day for plantar faciiatis, but getting ice in Portugal is tough.  I'm lucky to get ice for my pack once a day.  Overall, I feel that I am progressing well, even though I'm very slow.  Hope you get a good report at your next doctor appointment.

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      Hya James & Terry how are you both doing? I finally have an appointment with the Consultant to discuss my CT scan on the 5th of july. I was thinking maybe I had been forgotten about. How have you been coping without the boot James? And how did you manage on holiday Terry?

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      Janine, I was able to see and do most everything I wanted, just slower than usual.  I wore my boot on airplane both directions because of swelling, but wore athletic shoes the rest of the time.  I am walking with a slight limp, but getting better.  I went to orthopedic doctor last Wednesday, and he said the bone is completely healed.  I still have some PT and stretching exercises, but am so glad to be making good progress.  Good luck on your July 5th appointment.  Let us know the results.  Terry
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      Hi Terry. That's great news about the healing. Glad you managed to get about on holiday too. I was speaking to someone who waited 9mths before they operated and even now 1yr later they still get pain but are able to carry on as normal. Anyway keep doing the excercises and take care. Will let you know how I get on. Janine

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      Hey Janine,

      So I am doing pretty good: saw Doc: said 99 percent healed and could slowly return to all activity.  I returned to work this past Monday.  I am using a running shoe or a basketball shoe, and am making out pretty good.  I dont have much pain in the fracture site, but I do have discomfort in other areas, as well as some small swelling which is an annoyance. I also have some issues with circulation in that leg which I notice b/c the color is off a little versus the other leg, but I did have a blood clot (still on blood thinner for 2 more weeks- I get a repeat ultrasound to make sure its gone) so Im hoping this gets better with time.   I am basically walking normal but not pushing off with that foot quite as well.  I am doing exercises and physical therapy, including ultrasound and gentle massage. It really is a long road, but to put it in perspective: my injury was in February and I was dx with the fx on March 23.  So its about 11-12 weeks since my diagnosis.  Tell me about where you're at, and how you are feeling?  

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      Hi James. That's great news that you're nearly fully healed. Must have been hard going back to work after all that time. I was of for 11 weeks and that was bad enough. Do hope you're ultrasound gives you good results. I'm walking better and can walk further but it is still painfull especially if I've been on it alot and like you other parts of my foot hurt too. My break feels like cramp sometimes I'm guessing that's my bones moving. I feel better in myself now I can do more but I still can't do what I did before. See what they say on the 5th of july. It's over 23 weeks now. Hopefully if they decide to operate it won't be too long before it is done. Good luck with your ultrasound. Let us know how you get on. Will let you know how I get on. Take care. Janine

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      Hello James and Janine and others,

      I've read some of your posts with interest. I hope this finds you all in a good place smile

      I am in Week 11 since fracture of my 5th metatarsal. A mid-shaft, jaggedy-y break. I stumbled down stairs and landed on outside of foot on April 10.

      The problem I'm having, and wondering if anyone else experiences, is that I have virtually no pain at all, which leads me to walk on it excessively and do too much, and then it "tells" me, later, when it's too late!! - that I shouldn't have done that.  Yesterday I was in such a good mood thinking it was healing, but then I went to the gym and did some handstands, and I hurt it.

      I am afraid I have interrupted the healing many times.  

      At 7 weeks, x-ray showed virtually no healing. There is a significant gap / space for the bones to grow together. 

      I have wondered whether I would be healed by now if I had had surgery right away.

      Two different doctors - at 2 weeks, and at 7 weeks - said I could walk on it with boot.  I didn't feel I needed the boot, and didn't use it. My problem seems to be psychological because I can walk on it without pain, as long as I limp and put weight to the inside, but that causes it to start healing, and then I go and do too much. 

      I am very desperate! The timing couldn't be worse. I've suffered 30 years not being fit, after being a gymnast as a child. I finally know how to get in shape, and I was fit 3 years ago with a combination of bikram yoga and walking, and I just quit my job so I could return to that exercise combination, but the injury occurred at the precise moment I quit my job to get back to this way of living. ....  Plus I have properties where I need to do the yard work.  Very frustrating! I feel sorry for us all.

       

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      Oh my, it seems your emotional self has taken over the healing process. I would assume your fracture is no where close to healing and that you might want to return to your ortho physician and follow the protocal. I also would assume surgery would be your best option now. Do let us know.
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      Great question, and quite a predicament you are in. I was in a nearly similar situation, and after three weeks of walking on a broken fifth metatarsal, I finally went to see an ortho. I then spent two weeks in a boot, but slept without the boot and did some gentle range of motion exercises with the boot off. I then went to see another specialist, who x-rayed my foot and basically showed me that there was zero healing. So at this point I'm at five weeks. The solution was approximately eight weeks of very strict nonweightbearing in a boot, and my doctor set me up with a bone stimulator. I was very lucky that virtually full healing took place. The key was immobility, nonweightbearing, and the use of the bone stimulator. Trust me when I tell you I understand your predicament, I recently bought a house, and have a 14-year-old daughter who is with me full-time. This threw my world upside down, but the time does go by and before you know it you're healed. I am now back to work (2 weeks), continuing with therapy, and walking 1-3 miles with minimal discomfort... I'm not fully there - but I'm happy to be walking. To Sandi's point- surgery may be the quickest and smartest option but that's for the specialist to decide. Just know that you have support here and it looks like we've all been through it.

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      Hi James. My stress fracture was a year ago. Opted for surgery so had 4 weeks off, 4 in boot then good to get back on my horses and I am 68!! Had angreat result!!totally painless!!
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      That said, my doc said I could wait to see if it healed but surgery is an 8 week recovery. I am not worried about surgery so went for that. My physician is a foot amd ankle ortho doc in Virginia. Everyone does not have access to someone like her.
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      You made the right decision as The outcome was great for you. In my case I was non weight bearing for 6 weeks or so, then could slowly put weight on it through the boot and progress to a shoe ...... but- in my case it was a HOPE that the bone healed. It's looking at this point like I made the right decision too. It's helpful for those going through this bc most of the stories are nightmares and all you read about it a lot of non healing. I think our 2 cases give a good representation of 2 different successful ways to heal. And there is hope!

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      When I first got on the site I could not believe the stories however, I do think many with issues did not take NWB seriously. It really matters and is so difficult!! Also believe people are scared of surgery. My fracture was simple non displaced so popping a screw in literally took 45 minutes from start to finish. So many fractures are much worse. I have had a total shoulder that I tripped through as well. Horse riders are worn hard, put away wet and tough!!😂 Also crazy!!!😱

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      Thank you James and Sandi!  I wish we could post our x-rays on here to compare our injuries!

      James did you experience any pain during your first 5 weeks, when it was not healing?  I have been assuming that no pain means healing is happening, and that's why I didn't wear the boot ... I was able to limp carefully (in stocking feet) and didn't have any pain when I did that, so I thought it was healing, but on the 12th day, that was the first time I failed to "limp carefully" and then the following day, had pain indicating all was not well...  

      On Day 12 I traveled to Oregon (I live in Pittsburgh PA) to spend 2 weeks with my mom helping her recover from a spinal surgery. I walked too hard in the airports so that following day, Day 13, is when I got it x-rayed and learned it was broken.  

      Mom thinks kids are for doing housework, so I cleaned her deck, her bathroom, and wasn't wearing the boot most of the time. I felt the right thing was to keep weight to the inside, and I could do that more easily without the boot. With the boot, I could only walk on heel.

      I live alone in a big old house with six cats to care for, and have two other properties where there's tons of physical labor I need to do. I only have a rather difficult "friend" who does "help" me but he's difficult. Financially the clock is ticking. I only have a few months I can spend being physically active before I will need to return to a sedentary job for income.

      I am hesitant to see another (third) doctor because I have been so disappointed with the two I have seen. Not worth the money. They weren't able to really talk to me about how to walk or my concerns about the boot not being the right thing. I asked both if I should wrap it with tape or anything and they said no, but I did start to do that and I think it helps.  Surely it has to help with movement. When you bear weight, the bones spread (move). With just a little tape wrapped around my foot, that limits the spreading / movement, I would think.

      I have high-deductible insurance and low income so this is a lot of money for me but I probably need to "get over" that and see another doctor. I'll ask about the bone stimulator, too.  Thanks for your time sharing your experiences. I hate writing / posting like this, so I appreciate when others take the time.

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      Hi

      I'm 7 weeks post surgery after a displaced fracture of 5th metatarsal which i did back in February. Fracture didnt heal after 10 weeks so had surgery recommended by consultant with screw fitted.Had my cast off last week and now in a removable shoe and am able to weight bear with aid of crutches. I can slowly see the finishing line. Such a slow injury to heal

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      Hi Figgie. I feel your frustration. I am in England & treatment is so much different than the states. We're encouraged to weight bear from the start but in a boot. You maybe should listen to your drs as with you not having much pain you could cause more problems. I'm 24 weeks down the line and one minute it feels fine & I think great but then next minute I think oh yeah it's still broke. This forum is great because you can have a good moan to people who understand how it feels. Sounds like you have a hectic lifestyle and find it hard to rest your foot but you really need to rest it as much as you can. I'm hoping that if I do end up having surgery that I will be able to get back to doing stuff I used to do because at the moment if I walk too far I suffer badly the next day. I'm fine when at home as I can rest when I need but work effects it. Sometimes it feels like cramp where my break is! If you need to vent your frustration then feel free to come on here. Take care of yourself. Janine

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      Thank you so very much Janine. (That is my best friend's name biggrin If I could live in England, even fat with a broken foot, I'd be happy!!  I was there on many trips when I was very young and it made such an impression on me. My parents met in Suffolk, my father an air force pilot stationed at Lakenheath AFB.

      You are still considering surgery? 24 weeks is a long time.

      When I do have pain it is minimal, but just enough to tell me I have done something wrong. What I feel the next day, if I have overdone it, is a warm feeling in my whole foot. It is not actually pain.

      I'll be at 11 weeks in a couple of days.

      This morning I had a definitive reaction to the boot. I know the boot isn't good for me!  When I talk on the phone I always pace. I was wearing the boot and pacing, absent-mindedly (while talking to my friend Janine..), and my foot started hurting. I know the boot isn't good for it. That's why I haven't worn it.

      I know what I need to do, and what I need to avoid. I need to walk / limp carefully, with my foot wrapped with a little tape, and avoid the following:

      no lifting / carrying anything of any weight

      no handstands

      no yoga

      no yard work

      I have to do litter boxes but I am now in the habit of doing that very carefully.

      Do you have a job where you have to be on your feet a lot? I am lucky that I don't and yet as mentioned, I just quit my sedentary job specifically so I can spend a maximum amount of time on my feet....

      I am not a runner but I love to walk. I walked at 6 months old and started gymnastics at age 3 - on the advice of my British nursery school teacher who observed that I was far more monkey-like than other kids on the playground. At age 13 I was the state champion.

      Thank you for the support. I have never liked to come on the internet and whine, and always have been amazed at how generous people are with their time, offering kind words to strangers. Writing is difficult for me, so it's more of an effort, but that doesn't mean I don't also have empathy and wish others well smile  

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      I did the same thing - I taped it and walked slow, avoiding pushing off- whenever I pushed off it was a sharp pain. I got tired of the pain, but I could've taped and avoided it if I was careful...... in the end I just hated not being able to be normal .......

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      I can't believe you didn't bear weight for weeks! I can't imagine how that's possible. You wrote that the time goes by, but, you had another person in the house, and probably television. I only have six cats smile

      One option for me is to go on my gut feeling that my foot will heal as long as I am extremely careful. In other words, it's a psychological challenge, to walk carefully, in stocking feet or a sensible shoe, and do NOTHING out of the ordinary, ever. Also to not walk on uneven ground, which includes my yard, which is a mess. 

      The prospect of having to go no-weight-bearing might be enough to keep me focused 100% on what I need to do, and avoid. No lifting and moving heavy things, and no showing off my old gymnastics moves at the gym smile 

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      Well Figgie your friend has a very good namd. Haha..

      How lovely that your parents met in England! So you are half english! It's not such a bad country to live, except for the weather sometimes. Like now it's summertime and well we had nice sunny days but the last couple have been a bit stormy!

      I work in a clothing department so yes I'm on my feet alot. I only work part time though but it does hurt at work mostly if I'm standing alot. I remember at 11 weeks I was in alot of pain and couldn't walk much at all and when I did I walked very slowly and had to keep stopping for a rest. I was also walking on inside of my foot then too but am walking pretty much normal unless I've done too much then I walk on the inside. Also I used crutches when I wore my boot and also I used to take it off when I sat down and put my foot up. Did you use crutches?

      I'm hoping if I do end up having the surgery that I won't have to wit too long as yes it's already been 24 weeks!

      I know someone who had the surgery after 9mths! Crazy!

      No wonder you end up over doing it sounds like you can't sit still for long. I was going stir crazy when I first did it. Spent much of the time crying and feeling sorry for myself because I'm usually very active. Walking rescue dogs, going to zumba, insanity and assault course's, they're on the back boiler now and I do miss them.

      If I'd been given the surgery at the beginning I reckon I'd be pretty much back to normal.

      Anyway you keep your chin up and take care. Janine

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      I know Sandi! Who would think a small bone would cause so much trouble! Hopefully I will get somewhere on the 5th of july when I finally see the consultant as it's coming up to nearly seven weeks since I last seen them. 😕 Keep safe riding your horses. 😉

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      I do use crutches when I go downtown and park on the street, then I crutch to the gym, to use the recumbent bike and do some simple weight machines. But I've only just started that recently.

      My parents are both from the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. - Oregon and Washington state (Seattle) -- but, oddly, they met in England in the 60s. I exist because my mom was adventurous. She didn't want to settle down, so she dumped her college boyfriend and found a way to get out of the U.S. -- teaching school at the Air Force base in Lakenheath.  I always tell people, my parents' love affair didn't last --they divorced after 13 years -- but my mom's love affair with the British Isles has endured. Our house was a "museum" filled with valuable antiques they purchased there, cheap! My mom has returned to England or Scotland almost every year. She lives for it. She now has a friend in Dumfries, Scotland, she hopes to visit this year.

      The podiatrist I saw said she had a patient whose foot had not healed in EIGHT years, but she immobilized it, and then it healed.  So, it sounds like, when a person has had enough, and they are ready to sit still for long enough, it finally heals.  I keep thinking that I have "ruined" the healing, but maybe that's not the case. Maybe you always have a  chance to start over. ...

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      You're comment about the 8 years should give EVERYONE hope- but you made a good point - my doc said immobility and non weightbearing were and are the key to healing

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      I hope you are able to take the time to follow your doctors instructions completely and allow your foot time to heal.  It is really difficult to follow those directions when you are not feeling pain, or only a little bit, I understand.  I broke my 5th metatarsal at base (True Jones Fracture) across into the 4th.  The break was non-displaced, and my Orthopedic Ankle and Foot Specialist put me in a boot Non Weight Bearing for almost 2 months.  He told me to keep the foot immobilized, and to wear the boot even at night - not fun.  I was able to get a knee scooter to get around without putting any weight on my foot during that time, thank goodness.  Doctor stressed the importance of NWB, drawing a diagram showing how the ligaments from the heel will pull the bone apart if I put any weight on my foot.  He also put me on supplements of vitamins D, C and folic acid.  I followed his instructions, and after a couple months was able to bear weight in the boot.  I wasn't in a lot of pain but did have discomfort from continued swelling.  At the 12 week visit, xray shows the bone healed.  I am walking in a shoe, continuing to do physical therapy and stretching exercises.  I still get some swelling toward end of day.  Hope you are able keep your foot immobilized and allow it to heal.  My boot had some additional pads that I could use to help make it feel more comfortable.  Keep us updated on your progress.

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      Hi Figgie. 8yrs! Goodness how could they have left it so long? As Jame's said immobilisation seems to be the key in the states but here they say that weight bearing encourages good circulation and helps with bone growth. I was encouraged to go back to work after 11 weeks as they said using it would help with circulation but it hasn't really helped. In some places they are starting to use bone stimulators here but not in my hospital but then they only use them if the bone hasn't healed after 9mths plus. 😕

      I'm sorry your mam and dad separated. Sounds like mam is deeply in love with Britain. I'll be Scotland in Greenock for a wedding next week. Let us know how you're getting on. 😉 Janine

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      joining the club with the fractured 5th metatarsal sad mine is oblique mid shaft, non displaced (doesnt even look like it has gone all the way through the bone). fractured it playing basketball - inversion injury. I have been weight bearing as tolerated mostly in moon boot but sometimes stiff soled shoe. swelling and bruising mostly subsided after 3-4 weeks. at 6 weeks, no sign of fracture on xray, even though walking almost back to normal, and no pain. Am now at 8 weeks, have been wearing moonboot more since I was worried about it not being healed on xray, and now have more swelling and pain, and limping again. so frustrating! did your xrays look like not much healing at 6 weeks? am hoping this stupid foot heals itself pronto. considering renting a bone stimultor, figure that might do some good!
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      Hi Tash. Frustrating isn't it! There was no healing at all at 6wks. After around 17 wks there was slight bone growth but not much so they sent me for a CT scan which I will find out the results on the 5th july . I will be at about 25 wks then. Think they may suggest surgery as I'm sure it's not healed still as it still hurts in certain positions & after much use. You could be having more discomfort & swelling because you're using it more. James on here used a bone stimulator & he's pretty much healed. It is a long process even with the bone healing well. In the states they tend to encourage none weight bearing but here in Britain they encourage weight bearing pretty much from the start to aid circulation. Good luck. Janine

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      Janine is right, I did use and am still using the bone stimulator- I had the exact same injury as you, except I had 0 healing after 3 weeks of just "taking it easy"... I had to go non weight bearing and use a bone stimulator to get bone growth. If you're bone showed full healing on X-ray than it may not the the broken bone that's the issue... you need to have the root of the cause shown unless you re fractured it by walking on it and overdoing it as Janine said. Plz keep us posted

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      Oh bummer I spent a half hour writing a post yesterday but I don't see it here. I guess it didn't go through. Ergh. 

      Well I guess the short version is that for me, after being told by 2 doctors (first a podiatrist, then an orthopedist) that I can walk / weigh-bear, but always in the boot, except for sleeping, I have figured out that barefoot is best - no boot, no shoes.  

      I can walk pretty much fine. I have to refrain from pushing off the broken foot, so I walk with a limp, and that's causing pain / discomfort in the opposite hip, but, if I am very careful, and stay barefoot / shoe-less / boot-less, I do not have any pain at all, which, I assume, means the foot is healing. (If it's not, then, I figure, there's nothing I can do and maybe surgery will be necessary.).

      I also need to avoid yard work, weeding, or walking a lot on uneven ground (ie, my terrible yard) and avoid moving kitchen appliances ..... Yes, I did that. 

      But as of now I am able to do everything I absolutely need to do (I live alone with six cats biggrin, and I have virtually no pain. The only time I have pain is when I go out for long periods and wear a shoe, even a soft athletic shoe will cause pain after a certain amount of time. 

      I have a break of the shaft that's diagonal and jagged.  I am at 11 1/2 weeks now. The x-ray at 7 weeks showed no healing.

      I was depressed for quite a while. Last week, my foot was feeling a lot better, but then I went to the gym and did too much (did some handstands....), and the next day my foot was warm -- for me, a bad sign -- and I was depressed again for three days, over last weekend, while I did nothing.  

      This week, I feel like I am finally figuring out how to handle it, and feeling very unimpressed with the doctors, because it seems like they could have done a lot better job helping me to figure it all out a lot sooner. They were wrong about the boot -- it causes pain, in my foot but also of course it throws off the whole body -- and if they had listened to me, they would have heard me say that my first 12 days I had absolutely no pain, and I was in the house, limping in stocking feet (no shoes) (I happened to be without a car a that time, so I wasn't doing much).

      Well I wish everyone speedy bone healing!!

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      oops, what a goob - I meant at 6 weeks no sign of healing on xray (not no signs of fracture). Mine looks pretty much like a hairline fracture. Its not all the way through the bone, and the pieces arent displaced at all. Perhaps it will just take time for the fracture line to fill in. I hear radiographic healing lags behind clinical healing.  I wonder if it was the non weight bearing thing that helped, or if these things just take time? Looking forward to being back ro normal! 

      @figgie, i have found the boot to be hard too since it is higher on one side. My knee on opposite leg hurts more than my foot now, so have stopped wearing the boot again too. ACE bandage and firm soled shoe seems to be the best for me. my normal gait is starting to come back again too. Fingers crossed for speedy healing for all!

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      In UK too. I am 11 weeks NWB completely fed up. I am in a cast return on 13 July I begged for surgery to get my life back but told no go. Told to attempt to walk on heel when I can but it is simply too painful. At last X-ray which was 4 weeks post accident the gap had widened. I have SLE too and so crutches are not safe. Always falling. I use a wheelchair downstairs and office stool upstairs to get about 
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      That sucks because my foot ortho said heel walking continues to separate the fracture even if just a stress fracture like I had. I waited 4 weeks but it would have taken months to heal on it's own. My doc said surgery was the fool proof way to go, 4 weeks NWB then 4 in ortho shoe then good to go. I am so darn sorry for you!!

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      I run and pole vault and am 5 weeks into a spiral fracture 5th metatarsal. I've been non weight bearing for 3 weeks since I saw the specialist, and was in a boot for two weeks before that. I have a pole vault camp coming in 3 weeks, (just over 8 weeks from the incident) and a running camp the week after. How long was it till you could run?

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      I am 68 and a horse rider, walk fast on foot but do not run. There is no wayyou will be ready for that!! So sorry!! It is life altering for a few months.

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      Cj,

      I was non weight bearing about 8 weeks and started walking after that but it's been a gradual progress since then. I am 43, had a displaced fracture from a basketball injury. From what I've read the re-fracture rate is an issue so you don't want to push it too much prematurely.

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      Very practical and successful plan you chose! Faster recovery, and no guessing Sandi. I took a chance going about 6w before I really knew if my bone would heal! I gotta tell ya, it feels good to walk painfree! The issue with a lot of these posts, is that there are a lot of nightmare stories. It seems like whether you choose surgery or no surgery, the key is you have to commit 100% to the plan. If you choose no surgery it's imperative to be compliant with the plan. I feel bad for those who are getting the run around with the medical professionals - one thing is for sure- my doc said the only way it will heal is no weight bearing and immobility. And again I had the benefit of a bone stimulator. It's an awful sacrifice to be off you're leg for up to 8 weeks or more, (in you're case, only 4 weeks), but it's worth it to return to life and sport.

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      Hi Pam. You'd think because the gap has widened that surgery would have been the best option. You'll probably get offered it 6mths+ down the line. My husbands Aunty had surgery after 9mths! You know how stretched our nhs is though so they seem to leave surgery as a last resort with this injury.

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      Hi CJ. I'm afraid your pole vault camp will have to be put on hold. I was supposed to have done a 12k assault course last wknd but 6mths down the line I'm still not able to do anything too physical. I know it's frustrating but there will be other pole vault camps in future.

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      Hi thanks for your reply. He did state that if no healing then a bone graft from my heel would be booked I return next Thursday 13 July. Foot is still incredibly painful cannot weight bare at all 
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      Hi Pam. Well fingers crossed you get somewhere next week. I still have pain in fracture 6mths later. And it was very bad around the same 11 wks mark. I walked very slowly. Now I can walk faster but with a stiff shoe and sometimes I get a sensation like cramp which I suspect is my bone moving! 😕 I go wed to see consultant & I think I will be finally having an op. Take care & keep us updated how you are getting on. Janine

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      Sandi - Interesting your doctor had some awareness about how the boot forces you to walk. This has been my frustration with the doctors I've seen. They didn't ask me how it felt to walk in the boot. I'm the only one who can feel where the weight goes and how it seems to affect the broken bone.

      I am in the U.S. and all three doctors said I could weight-bear as long as I'm in the boot. The first doctor was just an urgent care doctor. Then I immediately saw a podiatrist who also said I can weight-bear but always in a boot. Then at 7 weeks, I saw an orthopedist who reiterated that I can weight-bear but in the boot -- and he said this even though it hadn't healed. But he blamed the non-healing on my non-compliance with the boot. But he didn't listen to me when I told him that I can feel the boot is not good for my foot - which is why I hadn't complied.  

      The only way I can walk but still keep weight OFF the broken bone, AND immobilize the broken bone, is to walk in stocking feet and roll my foot inward so I'm walking on the inside of my foot. In the boot, it is not an option to walk this way.  In the boot, I have two options for where to put weight: either on the heel  or on the entire foot including the So walking in the boot causes movement of the broken bone, regardless of how I walk.

      I'm still on the roller coaster where my foot feels so much better after a couple days in the house walking in stocking feet, so then I put on shoes and go out shopping and doing errands, and I spend too much time in shoes, and probably also too much time on my feet, and then my foot expresses unhappiness. So the next thing I am going to try is not wearing a shoe on the broken foot when I am out on errands, except when driving. I'll wrap it with tape and a bandage and put a sock over it.

      Today I am at 12 weeks since the incident (stumbled down stairs, landed on outside of right foot). I haven't had an x-ray since 7 weeks, at which time it showed no healing, so I'll make an appointment for another x-ray to see where I am.  Surgery would be very expensive but I'll consider it if doctors say it's an option.

      I quit my job specifically to spend some months getting physically fit again, and then I planned to get a non-sedentary job, like waitressing. Now I feel like I might as well as look for another sedentary office job since I can't walk sad (And those jobs pay better, so at least I'd have money to pay people to do all this work on my properties that I cannot do...)

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      Sandi - See my other post smile My foot was feeling so good from this method that I started acting like it was healed, and went out shopping wearing shoes, and messed it up. Feels like I might be back to square one again. 
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      Tash - Yes the boot screws up the whole body. I actually haven't worn it - against doctors' orders, because I think it's the wrong prescription -- but the limping (now 12 weeks of limping) causes pain in the opposite hip.  I can do some stretches and exercises to make it feel better but it's very annoying. 

      I self-prescribed athletic tape around my foot, but I need to be more compliant with that. Basically I am stuck on a roller coaster because I can spend a couple days doing the right thing, which results in my foot feeling like it's healed, and so then I go and spend way too much time on it, causing it to hurt, so I then have to go back to sitting around for a couple days. 

      You and I both had no healing on x-ray at 6-7 weeks.  Were you weight-bearing those first 6 weeks? 

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      Pam - I'm sorry you're having such a tough time. Hang in there!!  I too had x-ray that showed no healing - at 7 weeks. It's discouraging but let's not lose hope! The podiatrist I saw said she had a patient who was 8 years post-fracture and it had never healed, but she put her in a boot and then it finally healed. She said that was unusual, but still, proof that our bodies have a will to heal themselves. 

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      Oh man, these are unbelievable stories. Remember only the complicated ones write on these sites. There are many who heal as I did. I will say my ortho foot specialist likes Brooks tennis shoes so that may help some of you!! I have 3 pair!! So sorry for the long healing but I still think NWB for 4 weeks then hard soled ortho shoe next 4 is the answer. I can not imagine the shoe they fitted me with causing me issues. It gave me comfort!! You all are in my thoughts
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      Sandi - I figure every woman has experienced buying a pair of shoes that feels perfectly comfortable in the store, and for the first couple hours even, but then suddently after a certain number of hours wearing them, pain!!  I've been having that sort of experience with broken foot. I can wear my old running shoes that are almost like barefoot running shoes, but after a certain amount of time, they are not comfortable anymore. I've found that no shoe is OK for a long period. I need to change frequently, at least, or go without shoe as mentioned previously smile 

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      Hi all. Yes been to the Consultant today & he's happy with how it's going. He doesn't see the need of an operation. It's not fully healed but about half way there. I had an xray today too and you can still see the fracture and half of it has no callus what so ever and there is a chunck out of the bone but he wasn't concerned about it. I must admit I don't feel 100% positive about it myself because of how it feels that's why he showed me the xray. But he said I can slowly get back to running/ excercise etc but stop if it hurts too much. I go back in 3 months now. He said the pain was normal & there's still a long way to go. Only time will tell I guess. Least I could see it is healing which is good. Good luck everone with your recovery & keep us postedhow you are getting on as I wil you. Take care.. Janine

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      Janine, so sorry this has taken so long for you.  At least you did get to see some healing on the xray.  Did the doctor think that the bone is moving like you suspected?  I'm surprised he wants you weight bearing if the bone is indeed moving.  Good luck and keep us updated.  Terry

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      Janine - Do you mean he only showed you the x-ray because you questioned his positive outlook? He wouldn't have shown it to you? That seems odd. 

      I have a question for everyone: Am I stupid because I did not realize that the flooring material I walk on has an effect on how my foot feels? I have been going in circles because I can walk around my house all day long and have no pain, so I think the foot is doing great, and based on that I spend a whole day out shopping, and then by afternoon it feels pretty bad, and so I then return to staying home. I've been attributing the pain to quantity of walking but today realized it is not time spent on my foot but rather what surface I am walking on -- the soft wood at home vs. the concrete floors in grocery stores and most stores (and the sidewalks of the city). Maybe I am completely stupid but even so, this is another bit of information  I would think doctors would mention. I can't believe they don't have a standard one-pager they give to broken foot patients with all these things I have had to figure out on my own over the past 12 weeks. 

      Now I know it's the cement / concrete that's the problem, I will definitely use crutches more when I am out and about, and spread my errands out just a couple a day rather than be  out the entire day. 

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      Oh wow I can't imagine it not healing for that long. I return next Thursday so fingers crossed it has shown something. It's so frustrating having to depend upon others.

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      I will James. I'm happy that at least there's 50% healing but not 100% confident about the Consultant as it was the 1st one I saw and he's the same one my mam saw when she broke her arm & shoulder. I was with her when she had xrays in A&E and I could see it was broke, that was the thursday & on the monday we went to see the consultant & he was moving her arm up & down & I said to him that he was hurting but he said it isn't broken! I said yes it was I'd seen the xray & so he showed me the xray & it was the one for the other arm! If I hadn't been there my mam would have been sent home with a broken arm so no I don't feel confident about him. My heart sank when he walked into the room. I'm going to ask my Gp to look at my xrays & the CT scan just to put my mind at rest. How are you getting on now James & how are you feeling in yourself?

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      Hi Figgie. No we don't tend to get shown xrays here only usually in A&E. I've only seen the 1st one and the last one. I asked the radiographer yesterday if they could still see the break & they said yes so I assumed it hadn't healed & when the consultant walked in I said to him I know it's broken by the way he feels but he said it had healed but I said but how can it feel like this? That's when he showed me the xray and then he said partial fixture! Well that's not healed , that's healing! Most probably didn't have a full look at it untill he showed me. That's another reason I'm not confident as you can still see break even though there is growth.

      You're not stupid. I also fing different floors effect my foot too. At work the floor is hard & I do suffer pain working but at home I have wood floors & it's not too bad but I can also rest more at home.

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      Hi Pam. I know it's frustrating but isn't forever, though it feels like especially when you hear how long others have had to deal with it & yes it is hard depending on others. Fingers crossed next week you get good news.

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      well Janine I am feeling good- as far as working, walking, Doing outdoor work around the house, I have no pain. I can also do "calf raises" without pain. I haven't jogged yet, but I will try to ease into it over the next few months to keep you posted. I do hope you have 100 percent healing the next time You go back. Try to do the best you can to allow healing - once my bone was "90 percent" healed (approximately) the doctor told me to walk on the heel and then slowly progress. how about you're pain and activity?

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      Glad you're managing to do more James. Helps when you're able to be more active. I was able to walk quite alot at the wknd though it does hurt & I do sometimes get a feeling like cramp around the fracture sometimes which I thought was the bone moving. I'm going to start going to zumba again as I can do the gentler intensity. If I don't feel I'm ready then I'll just stick to walking. Consultant did say I could start excercise, even though it's not fully healed yet. though slowly build it up. I will listen to my foot. I'm going back to my physio soon, so see what he suggests. Had to stop seeing him for a while as because of the none union they're wasn't much more he could do for me untill there was union of the bones. Got to wait for a referal again. He only discharged me 3 wks ago as he couldn't keep my place open any longer. Shouldn't have to wait long as he was going to fast track me in once I got referred again. I'm on holiday tomorrow for a week in Madeira so see how I cope with the hills this time but atleast I'm not in the boot this time. Take care James and keep working on your recovery. You'll soon be jogging round.

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      Keep us informed. Being an XRay Texh and husband a Radiologist I have not heard of walking on a bone that is not healed. There is really no 90% from what husband says, either healed or not. So many different medical opinions. I am now curious to see how you progress and I do hope well!!!
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      Yes Sandi the difference in treatment between our two countries is strange. I know if I'd been private like my husband there's no doubt that I would have had surgery pretty much as soon as I'd broke it. Only time will tell. Role on 3 months unless I have major problem before then. Will let you all know anyhow.

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      Hi Figgie, yes was weight bearing in moon boot or stiff soled shoe since the original injury. am 10 weeks today, 5th met isn't sore to press on, but at some angles I can feel a bit of a pinch. I think I have plantar fasciitis now though, my heel and arch burns when I walk long distances. Have got some orthotic inserts. Next xray on Monday. Better see some bone fusion!! 

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      Hi, you seem to be knowledgeable in such things.  I have a 5th metarsal break Jones break. In July it didn’t fuse so I have had surgery, 2 weeks post op in a hard cast for 4 weeks. At 6 weeks the hard cast was removed the X-ray showed not complelty healed but getting there. Today is my first day in my after surgery shoe. So I went from no pain to sharp pains everywhere. However I have been immobile for a while. And well I do have a foreign object in my bone. So this may just be the process. I guess Now I have a lot more questions on how this healing process goes. This may be the norm. But your posts were helpful. A lot more than my  surgeon. 😊

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