Aches after Jones fracture of the 5th metatarsal

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Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone else had aches in their arms and legs after fracturing their foot. I have  Jones fracture of the 5th metatarsal...I have been in a cast for 2 weeks and we are hoping I won’t need surgery. The aches I have been having are 10X more painful than the flu...really strange! I will be in a cast for 12 weeks. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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    Hi Michelle, I am 8 weeks out from a Jone's fracture. Still in the boot and non-weight bearing. My x-ray at 6 weeks showed "no visible signs of healing" according to the doctor. Although, when he pressed on the injured area of the foot, it doesn't hurt and there is no swelling or bruising. I was informed that sometimes the foot is actually healing, but the healing is delayed on the x-ray? Had no idea that was apparently possible. In regards to aching, I do have some aching in the injured foot around the fracture. It feels like a deep ache. It isn't super painful, but definitely noticeable. For me, it kind of comes and goes, but is more noticeable in the evenings. I do try to prop my leg up as much as possible throughout the day. I've really stepped up my diet with a lot of Omega-3 and fruits with anti-inflammatory properties since I read ibuprofen can actually slow bone growth. I can't say about aching in the arms as I also broke my wrist on the same side as my foot and my knee on the other side. I can say that I have not had any aching in the leg, just the foot and, to some degree, the ankle because it is held still in the boot. I go back to the doctor in 2 weeks (10 weeks post injury) and if it is still showing no signs of healing, I am opting for a screw. Recover rates seem pretty high with the procedure. Of course, I am hoping for natural healing though! Good luck with your recovery!

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      Hi Andrea! Thanks for your response! Sorry we are kind of in the same boat! I am in a cast and lots be in a 3 story townhome. I was using a knee scooter and it tipped over and I fell on my left side...of course. The side with the fracture...I guess I forgot to mention that😬 I swear, J couldn’t get any clumsier! Now I can’t twist my left arm or put any pressure on it. I get throbbing pain most of the time. I think I am going in tomorrow for an X-ray of my arm...sigh. I hope I am not going to have a cast on my arm as well😑

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    I really hope you don't have to deal with an arm case either. It was the worst. The only thing I could use was a wheelchair that I had to scoot around on using my good foot attached to my bad knee. All of my injuries happened at accident. I guess if we have to dig deep for good news, arms seem to heal much faster than feet. I got the arm cast off in 6 weeks and that was with 2 breaks. My strength and range of motion aren't very good, but the arm is at least usable to do light work. If it is, they do make a walker with a platform for your forearm so you can use it even if it is broken if you are nervous about the knee scooter again.

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    Hi Andrea! I am so sorry about your accident!! Ugh...sounds like you have gone through it!!! I hope I am not in a cast as well... but if it is broken I want it to heal correctly!! Crossing my fingers it is just sprained or something?? Thanks so much for the response and I hope you are doing better soon!!! Michelle

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